Adopters will not lose benefits

Family Law|February 23rd 2016

A recent government announcement that adopters and kinship carers will not lose eligibility for tax credits has been welcomed by a care charity.

In a recent House of Lords debate, Tory peer Lord Freud referred to the proposed limitation of tax credits to families with children, saying there was an “overwhelming” argument for making adopters and kinship carers exempt from the change.

CoramBAAF Director of Policy Dr John Simmonds said a substantial number of kinship carers in particular would have been hard hit losing the benefit.

“… there are around 29,000 large families with kin children. Of these, 63 per cent are currently receiving child tax credit, so around 18,000 households would be negatively affected by a limitation on tax credits.”

Potential adopters, meanwhile, could be dissuaded altogether if they already had children, he added.

As a result, said Dr Simmonds, the charity was “very pleased” the government had chosen to recognise the “critical importance” of adopters and kinship carers.

CoramBAAF is a membership organisation for professionals who work with children in care.

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