Fostering Payments

Do I get paid?

 

When a child is living in your care, you will receive a fostering allowance (per week per child) to help cover the costs of caring for the child such as food, heating and clothing. 

As you develop your career as a foster carer, you will receive additional foster carer’s payment (per week). Foster carer pay is only made when a child is living in your care. Payments are made direct into your bank account.

Allowances & payments 2018/19

Age

0-4

5-10

11-15

16+

 Level 1  

£175

 

£159

 

£179

 

£217

 Level 2 £175 + £65

£159 + £65

£179 + £65 £217 + £65
 Level 3  

£175 + £125

 

£159 + £125

 

£179 + £125

 

£217 + £125

 Level 4  

£175 + £230

 

£159 + £230

 

£179 + £230

 

£217 + £230

Specialist

£175 + enhanced payment

£159 + enhanced payment

£179 + enhanced payment

£217 + enhanced payment

WHEN I AM READY      

£199

(These rates are subject to change, please check Foster Carers Handbook for current rates when you are fostering) 

Plus:

birthday allowance (£159 - £217)
religious festival allowance (£159 - £217)
annual holiday allowance (£318 - £435)

National Minimum Allowances for Foster Carers 2017-2020

Specialist Fostering Schemes:

Specialist scheme carers receive the foster care allowance (per week per child) plus an enhanced payment. We are no longer recruiting to historic schemes.

Short Breaks:

Short break carers receive an allowance for 6 hour, 12 hour or 24 hour/overnight stays up to £48.81 for an overnight stay.

Tax & National Insurance:

As a foster carer, you are required to register as self employed. Foster carers are eligible for substantial tax and national insurance exemptions.

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