BEXLEY Council is hoping residents will wake up to foster caring next time the binmen come round.

A pair of refuse trucks has been fitted with advertisements asking "Could you foster a Bexley child?" in the hopes of inspiring more carers to come forward.

The never-before-used ploy directs would-be foster parents to the council’s website where they are reminded weekly allowances are paid to carers depending on the age and individual circumstances of the child.

There are also allowances to cover the costs of birthdays, Christmas and other special occasions, as well as grants to cover special needs or other particular requirements.

Cabinet member for children's services and community safety, Councillor Katie Perrior, said; "I am delighted that we are taking our plea for foster carers on the road.

"We need more foster carers to give our looked after children a safe, stable and loving home.

"Our fostering team provide an excellent service throughout the application process as well as dedicated ongoing support.

"Anyone interested should visit our website or give the team a call and have a chat."

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