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  1. I take it then that you've never tried to look after a heroin addicted baby? How about a child with severe Foetal Alcohol Syndrome? Or what about one who was rented out by his/her parents to pay for drugs?
  2. Well, Kenny, I pressume you come under Highland Council? If so, they are among the worst payers in cotland, and suffer from a very severe shortage of carers.
  3. Hmmm, these are only the recommended changes Kenny, they haven't been adopted by every cooncil yet.
  4. The other point I wanted to make is that the idea that foster carers should only do it out of love is totally false, and not a little patronising. The argument goes that a very altruistic person (probably a single middle aged woman, who doesn't work), should 'take kids in' and care for them. That person shouldn't ask for any money because that's not how 'normal' families operate, because to do so would in some way contaminate the child's life. The obvious paradox here of course is how the carer is supposed to provide the child with all the thing he/she needs and wants if they can't work a
  5. But surely if you qualify for the tax relief you must also qualify for NI contributions? We actually get two whole weeks paid holiday a year where we're supposed to put the foster kids into respite care while we and our kids go to Disneyland. What a lot of people reading this thread might not realise is that if all foster carers were paid properly - to the extent that it bacame a realistic profession for more people - the savings to their local authority would be enormous. Consider this: The eldest sibling of two of our kids is in a care home not far from here. The care home only houses
  6. That is interesting. I thought that you had to be a carer for a local authority to be eligible for Foster Carer Relief. The point I was making was that it's difficult to make sweeping judgements about what carers get paid, because there is so much variation. For example, I konw one carer who'se total financial package for one child come to about £150,000 per year. Needless to say, the child is profoundly handicapped and they have just about every agency you can think of in their lives. A huge sum of money, no doubt, but they and their family's comitment to that child is for life. I persona
  7. Interesting thread. The issue of foster carers funding has been rumbling on for a long time, and part of the problem is the disparity that exists in different parts of the country. There's also a difference between being a carer for a local authority and being employed by an agency. The other thing to bear in mind is that the tax allowances for income from fostering are so high (£10,000 per annum, plus £250 per child per week), that it's unlikely they will ever pay tax on their fostering income. Another issue that muddies the waters is that foster carers are treated as being self-employed fo
  8. Are you sure you only want 512k for the graphics? Would 512MB not be a bit better?
  9. Yup. I picked up the link instantly. probably too much time spent in David Hume Tower at Edinburgh University.
  10. I think it's going to turn out that Faraday is the cause of it all - sometime in the past. The only problem I can see with the island running at a different speed of time from the rest of the worls is that if that were true then how can they speak to each other on the phone? For example, if a minute on the island lasts two minuted everywhere else, then anything Jack said to Sayid on the boat would have sounded very slow and slurred to Sayid, and Sayid would have sounded super fast to Jack. :-|
  11. I wouldn't read too much into Natwest/Cobbett saying they intend to defend - that's standard. No-one really knows what timescale we're looking at for the test case. There seems to be a notion floating around that the judgement will come down sometime around easter, but it's worth noting that the judge himself made it clear that he had 'no idea' when it would be. To be honest, it's anyone's guess what sort of timescale you'll be looking at if things go as we hope with the test case. For a 'normal' bank charges claim that was settled out of court the average amount of time seems to have been
  12. I wonder what this guy would make of it? The Sneeze - Half zine. Half blog. Half not good with fractions.
  13. By 'mixed' do you mean the pasties are mixed with lips, eyelids and @r$eholes?
  14. Ahhh, the Ginsters Cornish Pasty...or the 'Folded Cat Sandwich' as it's known to fife commuters.
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