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 will give you. 

Jump to:

  1. General allowances
  2. Accommodation allowances
  3. Leisure
  4. Education, employment and training
  5. Support for you in higher education and university
  6. Health
  7. Identification and driving

 

General allowances

Cost

Amount

Maintenance - if you live independently or in semi-independent accommodation

£77.90 per week

 

(this is a higher rate than normal, due to the COVID-19 pandemic – may drop back to £57.90 from May 2021)

 

Clothing - if you live independently, 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

 

21 to 24 year olds: £10

 

Accommodation allowances

Cost

Amount

Support with a deposit or 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 exemption 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 will pay your Council Tax until you’re 21

 

Between the ages of 21 and 25, you will 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

Costs

Amount

A leisure pass to attend a local authority gym (or another gym agreed by the team manager)

 

Determined by the gym

Funding to continue hobbies that are identified in your pathway plan

Up to £200 per year

 

Education, employment and training

Costs

Amount

Childcare costs - if you’re under age 20 when you course starts, you may be able to get help with childcare costs through Care to Learn

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

Up to £160 per week

Bus pass to attend education, training or employment if not entitled to a Government 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 personal adviser or social worker, and will need to be agreed by a manager

This is discretionary


Support for higher education and university

 

Costs

Amount

Accommodation

Full rent costs

 

Bursary (paid in instalments throughout your course)

£2000 (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

Costs

Amount

Support for any specialist health needs or disabilities that cannot be met by universal health services

 

This is discretionary

If you need financial support for emotional wellbeing services, due to long NHS waiting lists

 

This is discretionary

 

Identification and driving

Costs

Amount

Passport

£85

 

Driving Licence

£34

 

Deed Poll certificate (if needed)

£33

 

Driving lessons (if needed for education, training or employment reasons)

 

10 hours of 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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