Peter’s five-year-old grandson, Sean, came to live with him a few months ago, when his mother died. Sean’s father has not seen him since he was a baby and has no contact with him. Peter visited his local Citizens Advice Bureau to find out if he was entitled to financial support from his local authority. Peter learned that, because Sean was not known to the social work department, and they had had no part in placing him with his grandfather, he had no entitlement to apply for Kinship Care allowance.
However, he learned that he would be eligible to apply for Guardian’s Allowance from the HMRC and child Benefit for Sean and he also learned that he could apply to his local authority for a one-off discretionary payment from Section 22 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995 if there was something specific that he needed for Sean (such as bedding or clothing).
As this case study shows, the law around Kinship Care is complex – that’s why we recommend getting expert advice.