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Ruislip woman praises Hillingdon’s new foster care benefits where you can earn up to £72k per year

Hillingdon Council has introduced a new incentive package for foster carers, making it one of the most competitive in London.

Foster carers can earn up to £1,500 per week and benefit from a 25% discount on council tax when caring for a child.

Additionally, the package includes a £1,000 subsidy on utility bills, a winter fuel allowance, and complimentary family passes for Merlin attractions and leisure activities. This could amount to an annual salary of up to £72,000.

There are currently 365 children in the council’s care in Hillingdon, but with a national foster carer shortage, people are needed now more than ever to provide a loving, stable home for a child in need.

Jeanette Isaacs, aged 59 from Ruislip, has been fostering with Hillingdon Council for six years. She said: “The cost of living has gone up so much, so the council’s new payment and benefits package will be a good incentive for many people to sign up.

“I foster because my heart is in it and I wanted to enhance a child’s life, but the new offer shows further recognition for the valuable job we do.

“I’ve got two grown up children and my divorce had a huge impact on us all. It was a traumatic experience, but we came through it stronger and I felt we had something special that we could offer someone. I felt it was important to give back and fostering is very rewarding – you can really make a difference.”

Cllr Susan O’Brien, Hillingdon Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Families, said: “We are so proud to launch this incredible new payment and benefits package for our dedicated, hard-working foster carers and we hope it will encourage more people to find out more about fostering.

“There are many reasons people choose to foster with our ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rated service; fostering is rewarding and a great chance to give back to the community, but it is also an excellent career choice; working in a role where you can directly change the life of a child or young person.”

The council’s fostering service is running several events throughout Foster Care Fortnight (Monday 13 May – Sunday 26 May) including a community walk at Ruislip Lido on Tuesday 21 May and an information stand at Hillingdon Business Expo on Thursday 23 May.