Glasgow & West Scotland

Glasgow foster carer numbers increase

Scotland's largest local authority has recorded its biggest rise in foster carers since the launch of a sustained recruitment drive in 2005.

Glasgow City Council attracted 68 new foster carers in the past year, bringing its numbers to more than 500.

The new additions are being welcomed during a celebration event at the city's Emirates Arena on Monday.

Council leader Gordon Matheson will also announce a 2% rise in the weekly allowances it pays to foster carers.

Cllr Matheson said: "Foster carers are a vital part of our care system. When families run into difficulties, it's often foster carers who step in to pick up the pieces.

"More than anything, children need a stable, warm and loving environment in which to grow and that's exactly what foster carers provide.

"Glasgow is proud of the fact that it supports its vulnerable and it is only right that we increase the allowances we pay to foster carers to support the children in their care."

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