Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Kinship carers seek Scottish Government petition backing

CLACKS Kinship Carers (CKC) will be at the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 1 March 2012, at 1pm, to hand over a petition they want to see on the Scottish Parliament website. 

There is a formal process for making this happen, and CKC are hoping for a big show of support for the hand-over,  since the issue is of real concern to thousands of people across Scotland.

The text of the petition is: "Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to take action to ensure that all councils across Scotland pay kinship carers the recommended allowance (as suggested in the Scottish Government's Local Government Concordat for 2008-2011) and that any such allowance should be ring fenced, with resourced support equable with foster carers"

We will report further on developments as they happen. During the debate on Kinship Care in the Scottish parliament recently, Richard Simpson MSP cited material from the Poverty Truth Commission Kinship reports.  "It is good that we are getting these perspectives into the public and political consciousness," said Miriam Rose.

The PTC Kinship Care: Observations and Recommendations report can be read here (Adobe Acrobat *.PDF document).

The Scottish Government COSLA Concordat is available here (also *.PDF). See page 5.

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