The Government are cutting but it's Kinship carers who need real protection
Kinship carers should be made exempt from the Government's benefit cap and welfare restrictions to help prevent children being placed into the care of the state, Alan Johnson has suggested. He made the call as MPs asked the Government to take steps to reduce the number of children entering the care system and help them stay living safely at home. Mr Johnson told MPs that kinship carers - family or friends who step in to look after a child - save taxpayers billions of pounds every year and more should be done to help them. He called on the Government to place a new statutory duty on local authorities so that when they decide a child may need to become looked after they would have to consider the potential of relatives or other people connected to the child to help.