FIFE Council have approved an increase in fees paid to foster carers and supported lodger carers.

Cabinet committee members approved a three per cent rise in fees.

The approved increase aims to encourage more fostering in the region and positions Fife among the councils paying the highest amount for foster care in Scotland.

Foster carers, both locally and nationally, are critical to providing a safe and secure environment for the region's looked-after children.

Council spokesperson James Ross said: "We need new foster carers to provide loving, safe, and supportive homes.

"Money is something people need to think about when they consider fostering and it is vital that we attract and retain the best people to support our local children."

He added: "Foster carers come in all shapes and sizes – older couples whose children have grown up, young families and single people of all ages.

"We really hope that more people will come forward to find out more about the opportunities available."

There are currently over 180 foster carers in Fife, who look after around 280 children, of all ages.