Friends and family carers


Recent statements in this category are shown below:

  • Sunderland City Council (18 017 487)

    Statement Upheld Friends and family carers 16-Dec-2019

    Summary: Miss X complained the Council has not given her contact with her grandchildren as agreed in a court order. There was no fault in the frequency or length of contact. However, the Council was at fault for not telling Miss X about changes to contact arrangements and its decision to suspend contact for three months. It also failed to consider her complaint at stage two. The Council should apologise to Miss X for any injustice caused.

  • Northumberland County Council (18 014 755)

    Statement Upheld Friends and family carers 12-Dec-2019

    Summary: The Council took over three years to investigate Ms X's complaints about her request for support for looking after her grandson. The law says it should have taken the Council 65 working days. The Council has already taken some action to remedy the injustice caused to Ms X. The Council's remedy is not sufficient. The Council should pay Ms X a further £1500 to recognise distress and uncertainty she has been caused. The Council should also take action to improve its complaint handling processes.

  • Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council (18 018 503)

    Statement Upheld Friends and family carers 11-Dec-2019

    Summary: Mrs X complains about the support provided to her and her husband when they cared for their grandson following his birth. We find fault in the Council's failure to treat Mr and Mrs X as friends and family foster carers. We also find repeated failings in the Council's communications with them. This causes injustice in a loss of financial support and distress. The Council accepts these findings and has agreed action to remedy this injustice, set out at the end of this statement.

  • Herefordshire Council (18 017 590)

    Statement Not upheld Friends and family carers 10-Dec-2019

    Summary: Mrs P complains about her lack of contact with her granddaughter, G. The Council has not prevented Mrs P from seeing G. It has suggested she attend contact with other family members, including her son, G's father. The Council declined Mrs P's request to take G away for a weekend but gave reasons for its decision. The Ombudsman cannot question the Council's decisions.

  • Cheshire East Council (19 003 022)

    Statement Upheld Friends and family carers 05-Dec-2019

    Summary: there is no fault in the Council's consideration of Ms F's requests for financial assistance related to her intended application for a Special Guardianship Order but it failed to consider her complaint properly under the relevant complaints procedure and will apologise for this.

  • Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council (19 003 548)

    Statement Upheld Friends and family carers 02-Dec-2019

    Summary: The Council was at fault for providing inconsistent advice to Mr and Mrs X about when it would review their special guardianship allowance. However, it has decided not to recover the higher allowance it incorrectly paid them for 16 months, which outweighs any injustice arising from the fault. The Council was not at fault for reducing Mr and Mrs X's allowance in February 2019, or for its consideration of whether to make extra payments. It complied with the Special Guardianship Regulations and properly considered the use of its discretionary powers.

  • Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council (19 003 534)

    Statement Not upheld Friends and family carers 27-Nov-2019

    Summary: The Council was not at fault for reducing Ms B's special guardianship allowance, for its consideration of whether to make extra payments, or for its assessment of her income. It complied with the Special Guardianship Regulations and properly considered the use of its discretionary powers.

  • Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council (19 003 549)

    Statement Upheld Friends and family carers 27-Nov-2019

    Summary: The Council was not at fault for reducing Mrs X's special guardianship allowance or for its consideration of whether to make extra payments. It complied with the Special Guardianship Regulations and properly considered the use of its discretionary powers. However, it was at fault for a delay in assessing Mrs X's finances. It has agreed to make a payment of £200 to recognise her injustice.

  • Suffolk County Council (18 017 135)

    Statement Upheld Friends and family carers 20-Nov-2019

    Summary: the Council has not properly considered Mr G's request for financial support to care for his grandchildren, and the reason it gave for not paying Special Guardianship Order Allowance is invalid. The Council has agreed to consider his request again.

  • Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council (19 003 541)

    Statement Upheld Friends and family carers 19-Nov-2019

    Summary: The Council was not at fault for reducing Ms B's special guardianship allowance, because its decision was in line with the Special Guardianship Regulations. However, it failed to properly consider the use of its discretionary powers. It has agreed to assess Ms B's finances and decide whether her circumstances justify discretionary payments on top of her allowance.