Big cash investment needed, says report The UK must spend an extra
£750m to bring fostering services up to standard and tackle
the shortage of 10,000 carers, according to a report launched this
The study, the first to calculate the cost of a fully resourced
foster care service, estimates that the governments of England,
Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland will need to spend £1.7bn
next year, against an actual spend of £932m this year.
The report was published by the Fostering Network and Baaf Adoption
and Fostering, which are to discuss the findings with junior
children’s minister Maria Eagle this week.
Report from www.thefostering.net