Devon’s Local Offer to Care Leavers – Finances

Finances

 

We want to make sure that you’ve got the information you need to successfully manage your money and that you know about the Devon Care Leaver financial offer.

 

As part of Devon’s Local Offer to Care Leavers, here’s how we can help you to keep your finances in order:

 

We will support you financially, and we will help you to manage your money.

Identification

We will fund your application for your first passport. If for any reason you can’t get a passport we will fund and support you to apply for another form of photographic ID (e.g. a provisional or full driving licence). We will make sure you are given a copy of your full birth certificate.

If your ID or birth certificate is lost, we will support you with the cost of one replacement.

Keeping in Touch

We want to help you to keep in touch with people who are important to you. You could receive up to £100 a year to help you to do this. You can talk to your PA to find out more about this.

Clothing

If you are living independently you could receive up to £100 allowance for clothing for interviews or employment. If you are aged 16-17, and have been living independently or semi-independently, you could receive up to £200 for a clothing allowance. Your social worker or PA will need to request this for you.

Storage

We can help you with storage provision for a short period (up to 3 months) in an emergency. Your PA can assist with this.

Moving

We can support with one house move, including the use of a removal van.

Driving lessons

We will pay for 10 driving lessons and your first test to age 24 when you have passed you theory and got your provisional licence.

Aged 16-17

If you are living independently (not with a foster carer or in a children’s home) you will receive an allowance of £60 per week. This can be in cash or in another form – for example food or vouchers or a mixture of both.

Your social worker and PA will:

Make sure you have the advice you need to learn to manage your money, and that this is detailed in your Pathway Plan

  • Help you open a bank account
  • Help you get your National Insurance number if you don’t have one at age 16
  • If needed, support you to access your benefit claim 6 weeks before your 18th birthday to ensure this is processed in time to start when you turn 18
  • Celebrate special times throughout the year like birthdays, Eid, Christmas with an allowance. This may be by way of a gift, vouchers, or celebration and will be discussed with you.

Leaving Care / Setting Up Home Allowance

From the age of 16 you can access support for setting up your own home (up to £2,000). This will be very limited at age 16 as you will not be in your own tenancy.

When you get your own tenancy, your PA will support you with purchasing things you may need, such as: TV licence, toaster, posts and pans, carpets. You can discuss your needs with your PA.

Aged 18-21

If you are not in education or employment from the age of 18 you can claim Universal Credit. Your PA can support you to claim Universal Credit; however, it is important that you take responsibility for this. During the claim period – which is up to 4 weeks (post 18) – the Permanence and Transitions Teams can support you financially, providing you are maintaining your claim requirements.

You may be able to claim an educational bursary; your social worker, carer or PA can support you to claim this from your college provider.

The Permanence and Transitions Team will make sure you have the advice you need to learn to manage your money and that this is detailed in your Pathway Plan.

We will help you celebrate your 18th to 21st birthday. This will be by way of a gift, vouchers, or celebration and will be discussed with you.

We will support you to celebrate special times through the year. For example, you may want to attend the Care Leavers Christmas events. Your PA can provide further advice and information.

Aged 22-25

If you choose to be closed to the service at age 21, you can still return any time up to your 25th birthday to ask for support. You simply call the office number, and a PA will talk to you about what is happening for you and what support you might need – which could be advice, short term support or we can allocate a PA and complete a Pathway Plan. Over the age of 21, the service you get will be based on your specific needs.

Emergency assistance

The Permanence and Transitions Teams can support you to access universal emergency assistance from relevant agencies.

You will be expected to contact the Permanence and Transitions Teams and arrange to come into an office for this help. If you are not eligible for emergency assistance you could receive up to £100 over the course of a single year (subject to a Needs Assessment and if you have no other means to look after yourself). This will be used as the last resort and will be used to buy food or pay utility bills for you.