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Local offer for care leavers

Your finances

As your corporate parent, we want you to become a financially independent adult.  

So, we offer a range of practical support and advice, and financial support to help you move successfully from care to living independently.

This section of the local offer for care leavers is about the financial support we'll give you. 

Local Offer for care leavers - accordion - Your finances

General

Allowance Amount
Maintenance - if you live independently or in semi-independent accommodation £57.90 per week
Clothing - if you live independently or in semi-independent accommodation or are in custody To be bought from your weekly allowance

Emergency clothing - if you live independently or in semi-independent accommodation and are 16 to 20 years old

This is assessed by your social worker or personal adviser, and the decision must be agreed by a manager

Up to £75 per year

Emergency allowance for safety or welfare concerns

This is assessed by your social worker or personal adviser, and the decision must be agreed by a manager

Depends on the assessment
Birthday - if you live independently or in semi-independent accommodation

16 to 21 year olds - £35

22 to 25 year olds: £10 voucher

Christmas or another religious celebration allowance - if you live independently or in semi-independent accommodation

16 and 17 year olds - £40

18 to 20 year olds - £25

Accommodation

Allowance Amount
Support for a deposit, bond and/or advanced rent payment if you're unable to secure social housing Deposit and your first month's rent paid in advance
Council Tax discretionary discount for care leavers aged between 18 and 25

If you live in Rutland, you'll be supported to complete an application form

If you don't live in Rutland, we'll ask for an out of county care leaver exemption

If our request is turned down, we'll pay your Council Tax until you're 21

Between the ages of 21 and 25, you'll be assessed for financial support towards your Council Tax

Support with rent arrears (from one incident) - we'll assess your situation and may be able to support you financially This is discretionary

Leisure

Allowance Amount
A leisure pass to go to a local authority gym (or a gym agreed by the team manager) Determined by the gym
Funding to continue hobbies identified in your pathway plan Up to £200 per year

Education, employment and training

Allowance Amount

Childcare costs - if you're under 20 when your course starts, you may be to get help through Care to Learn

Any other funding will be assessed by your social worker or personal adviser and needs to be agreed by a manager

Up to £160 per week
Buss pass if you're entitled to a 16-19 Bursary Weekly bus pass amount

Additional support if your apprenticeship leaves you financially worse off than you would be on benefits

This is assessed by your social worker or personal adviser and needs to be agreed by a manager

Discretionary

Higher education and university

Allowance Amount
Accommodation Full rent costs
Bursary - paid in instalments throughout your course £2,000 split over the number of years your degree course lasts
Laptop and printer - if you're living independently or in semi-independent accommodation Provided by us, up to the cost of £400

Health

Allowances Amount
Support for specialist health needs or disabilities that cannot be met by universal health services Discretionary
If you need financial support for emotional wellbeing services, due to long NHS waiting lists Discretionary

Identification and driving

Allowance Amount
Passport £85
Driving Licence £34
Deed poll certificates £33
Driving lessons (if needed for education, training or employment reasons) 10 hours or lessons, but you must also pay for another 10 hours of lessons yourself
Theory test (if needed for education, training or employment reasons) £23
Driving test (if needed for education, training or employment reasons) £62

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