Financial information: UK

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> Statutory adoption pay and paternity pay

Inter-agency fees

These are fees that agencies are recommended to charge for inter-agency placements.

The inter-authority fees apply to all placements with local authority carers since 1 April 2013. The fees for placements with voluntary adoption agency carers are decided by the Consortium of Voluntary Adoption Agencies (CVAA). The CVAA introduced a new fee structure in 2011. Those fees are not being increased this year.

Current fees:

Previous fees:

Medical fees

From August 2006, there was a change in the system for determining fees for sessional work, and work under the collaborative arrangements. As independent contractors, GPs can set their own fees for carrying out health assessments for adoption and fostering. Information concerning the BMA recommended fees for adoption and fostering, including all CoramBAAF health assessment forms is available in our BMA Recommended Fees For Health Assessments Required In Adoption And Fostering (pdf). However, in the absence of alternative agreed fees since 2006, agencies may wish to offer GPs a fee based on these recommendations with an annual uplift for inflation, or agree fees locally. During 2015 we began discussions with the BMA about alternative fee recommendations and will post these when available.

For information on the VAT ruling for medical services, implemented in May 2007, please see the BMA website

Agency Registration and Annual Fees

Details of the registration, variation and annual fees payable by children's homes, fostering and adoption agencies.

England

Details of the registration, variation and annual fees payable to the Commission for Social Care Inspection by children's homes, fostering agencies and local authority fostering services under the Care Standards Act 2000 are set out in the Commission for Social Care Inspection (Fees and Frequency of Inspections) Regulations 2004 (Statutory Instrument 2004 No. 662):
http://www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk

A list of fees to be paid on application for registration is also provided by the Care Quality Commission.

Scotland

Details of the maximum registration, variation, cancellation and annual fees payable by care homes, fostering and adoption services under the Regulation of Care (Scotland) Act 2001 are set out in the Regulation of Care (Fees) (Scotland) Order 2004 (Scottish Statutory Instrument 2004 No. 93):
http://www.scotland-legislation.hmso.gov.uk

Wales

Details of the registration, variation and annual fees payable by children's homes under the Care Standards Act 2000 are set out in the Registration of Social Care and Independent Healthcare (Fees) (Wales) Regulations 2002 (Welsh Statutory Instrument 2002 No. 921 (W.109)):
http://www.wales-legislation.hmso.gov.uk

These have since been amended by The Local Authority Adoption Service and Miscellaneous Amendments (Wales) Regulations 2003 (Welsh Statutory Instrument 2003 No. 710 (W.86)) Includes Amendments to the Registration of Social Care and Independent Healthcare (Fees) (Wales) Regulations 2002, which detail annual and registration fees for voluntary adoption agencies and local authorities:
http://www.wales-legislation.hmso.gov.uk
and the Fostering Services (Wales) Regulations 2003 (Welsh Statutory Instrument 2003 No. 237 (W.35))

Section 51 amends the regulations regarding registration and annual fees for fostering services in Wales http://www.wales-legislation.hmso.gov.uk/

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland the Trusts pay standard allowances according to a Model Scheme drawn up in consultation with the four Health and Social Services Boards. A detailed list of the standard, enhanced, and extra allowances payable under the scheme are available at: http://www.dhsspsni.gov.uk

Scotland

The provisions for payment of allowances to foster carers in Scotland are set out in Standard 9 of the National Care Standards for Foster Care and Family Placement Services: http://www.scotland.gov.uk and Regulation 9 of the Fostering of Children (Scotland) Regulations 1996: http://www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk/

Wales

The requirements for making payments to foster carers in Wales are set out in Standard 30 of the National Minimum Standards for Fostering Services http://www.wales.gov.uk and the Fostering Services (Wales) Regulations 2002 http://www.wales-legislation.hmso.gov.uk/ made under the Care Standards Act 2000

The Welsh Assembly government consulted in 2007 on proposals for national minimum fostering allowances

Adoption allowances

Adoption allowances may be paid under certain circumstances where it is considered that an adoption would not otherwise be possible or practical. An allowance might be paid to help adopters cope with the costs involved for caring for a group of siblings or a child with special needs.

England

The circumstances in which financial support may be paid to adopters in England and the amounts of financial support payable are set out in the Adoption Support Services Regulations 2005 (Statutory Instrument 2005 No. 691) on this external web link.

The accompanying Adoption Support Services Guidance on the Department for Education's website, www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/statutory/g0072314/guidance/ch9 examines the issue of financial support in detail.

Northern Ireland

The circumstances in which an adoption allowance can be paid, the procedure for determining whether an allowance should be paid and how much are all set out in the Adoption Allowance Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1996 (Statutory Rule 1996 No. 438) http://www.hmso.gov.uk

Scotland

The circumstances in which an adoption allowance can be paid, the procedure for determining whether an allowance should be paid and how much are all set out in the Adoption Allowance (Scotland) Regulations 1996 (Statutory Instrument 1996 No. 3257 (S.247)) http://www.legislation.hmso.gov.uk/

The Scottish adoption allowance system is one of the topics under consideration in the Adoption Policy Review Group. The issues are set out in the Discussion Paper on Legal Issues at http://www.scotland.gov.uk, which asks whether there should be a single adoption allowance scheme applying throughout Scotland.

Wales

The circumstances in which financial support may be paid to adopters in England and the amounts of financial support payable are set out in the Adoption Support Services (Local Authorities) (Wales) Regulations 2005 (Welsh Statutory Instrument 2005 No. 1512 (W.116))
The accompanying Adoption Support Services Guidance for Wales examines the issue of financial support in detail.

 

Pupil Premium

Was your adopted child adopted from care in England or Wales or left care in England or Wales under a Special Guardianship Order or Child Arrangements / Residence Order?

Children in state-funded education in England who were adopted from care in England and Wales, or who left care under a Special Guardianship Order or Child Arrangements Order / Residence Order are eligible to attract the pupil premium. This includes children in alternative provision (such as an independent school or educated at home) where the place or provision is funded by the local authority.
 
The pupil premium gives schools and other providers of education extra funding to provide additional support where necessary to raise the attainment of disadvantaged pupils. It is paid to schools and other providers of education for eligible children in Reception Year through to Year 11. Adopted children (and other post-looked after children) attract the pupil premium because many will have suffered trauma and abuse in their early years and the emotional impact of this may act as a barrier to their progress at school.
 
To enable your child’s school to claim the pupil premium, you will need to inform the school about your child and provide supporting evidence, for example, show the school the original Adoption (Court) Order. You will need to self-declare before 21 January 2016 which is the date schools complete the Spring School Census and local authorities complete the Alternative Provision Census. This will then trigger the payment of the pupil premium to the school / education provider from April 2016.
 
If you informed the school of your child’s adopted status for the January 2015 School Census, it should not be necessary to provide evidence again. You are, however, advised to double check with the school before 21 January. If your child has moved schools, you will be required to provide evidence again as information is not transferable from one school to another.

Read more about Pupil Premiums on this FAQ sheet compiled by the DfE.

 

Statutory Adoption Pay and Paternity Pay

England, Scotland and Wales

New rights to statutory adoption pay and leave and statutory paternity pay and leave came into force on 6th April 2003. They apply to couples or single people adopting a child within the UK.

These rights to statutory adoption pay and statutory paternity pay are provided for in the Employment Act 2002, are set out in

  •  The Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay (General) Regulations 2002 (Statutory Instrument 2002 No. 2822)
  • Terms and Conditions of Employment The Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay (General) and the Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay (Weekly Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (Statutory Instrument 2006 No. 2236)
  • The weekly amount of Stautory Adoption Pay is £136.78 or 90% of your average weekly earnings before tax (whichever is lower). It is payable for 39 weeks.

    Detailed guidance on the he entitlements to leave and pay for people adopting a child within the UK can be found in the on the Gov.uk website

    Direct.gov.uk also have personalised guide to adoption and paternity leave and pay entitlements

    Northern Ireland

    New rights to statutory adoption pay and leave and statutory paternity pay and leave came into force on 8th December 2002. They apply to couples or single people adopting a child under UK law.

    These rights to statutory adoption pay and statutory paternity pay are provided for in the Employment (Northern Ireland) Order 2002, are set out in the Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay (General) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002 (Statutory Rule 2002 No. 378) http://www.northernireland-legislation.hmso.gov.uk

    Statutory Adoption Pay is paid for a maximum of 26 weeks at £102.80 or 90% of average weekly earnings (whichever is lower).

    Statutory Paternity Pay is paid for a maximum of 2 weeks at £102.80 or 90% of average weekly earnings (whichever is lower).

    A summary of the entitlements to leave and pay for people adopting a child under UK law can be found at:
    Statutory Adoption Pay http://www.ssani.gov.uk
    Statutory Paternity Pay(Adoption) http://www.ssani.gov.uk/