Kinship carers should be entitled to suitable housing and be given priority by the local authority.

Many kinship carers find themselves having to make rapid adjustments to find the space required to raise their kinship family, often waiting many years for the local authority to find appropriate accommodation or, in private housing, meeting the costs themselves.

For many, this has meant giving up their own rooms for the children they are raising, using up their savings or taking on greater debt to make the necessary changes. Local authorities must ensure that kinship carers have their, often changing, housing needs met.

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