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Kinship carers win major concession

Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud has announced a one year exemption from conditionality under Universal Credit for grandparents and other relatives (kinship) carers, who are taking on the responsibility for bringing up children because their parents cannot look after them.

Sam Smethers, Chief Executive of Grandparents Plus said,

“We welcome Lord Freud’s announcement. We are delighted that the Minister has listened to the views of kinship carers. They are keeping children out of the care system and it is vital that they are supported to do this, rather than being required to look for work at the same time as trying to settle in vulnerable children who may have suffered trauma or abuse. This is a common sense measure which we have been campaigning for under Welfare Reform.”

Almost half of working grandparents and other family (kinship) carers give up work when children move in. The change will make easier for kinship carers to settle children, and will provide reassurance for people who have to give up work."

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