From this April, foster carers approved to receive a fee for their fostering by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council will get a 50% incentive payment towards their annual Council Tax bill.
The incentive payment will be made to existing carers and those approved in future. Carers living within Merthyr Tydfil, will have the payment applied directly to their Council Tax bill. This is the latest benefit introduced by the Local Authority to improve the retention and recruitment of foster carers to support its’ current and future needs.
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council estimates that 25 new foster carers need to be found locally to meet the needs of children and young people coming into their care. It’s hoped this Council Tax incentive payment will increase their number of in-house foster carers, subsequently reducing the need to use much more expensive fostering agencies.
The Council’s foster carers are already eligible for a host of benefits, including generous fees and allowances, free family leisure memberships, reduced cost access to days out and attractions and discounts on a wide range of products and services.
If you’re thinking about becoming a foster carer or would like to transfer from another agency, please contact us today or visit www.fostercwmtaf.co.uk for more information.