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We know that caring for children costs money. As a general foster carer you will be paid a weekly allowance for each child or young person in placement to cover the costs of looking after them.

In addition to the allowance for the child, carers also receive a weekly fee after they have been fostering for over a year. This fee also increases when carers commit to gaining a qualification, and on completion of it.

Allowances paid do not affect any benefits already received and are tax free. They are given for the time a child is with you and are paid weekly into your bank account.

Payments are age related to the child and according to the type of care given. For example, the older the child/children placed with you, the greater the allowance. Some children are more challenging and will therefore have more requirements than others. Factors such as this, along with the type of placement and age of the child being placed with you, all affect the fees and allowances you’ll receive.

Allowances and fees

All our foster carers are paid a weekly allowance for each child placed with them.

2016/17 (proposed rates)

Basic allowance – per child placed

Age

Level 1

0-4

£166

5-10

£151

11-15

£177.38

16-17

£224.37

Allowances increase after you have completed a successful year as a foster carer and you have been accepted onto the QCF Level 4 course.

On completion of the qualification you automatically become a Level 3 carer. Weekly allowances for Level 2 and Level 3 are shown below.

Level 2

Age

Basic allowance

Fee

Total payment

0-4

£166

£74.48

£240.48

5-10

£151

£74.48

£225.48

11-15

£177.38

£94.77

£272.15

16-17

£224.37

£94.77

£319.14

Level 3 (on completion of QCF Level 4 course)

Age

Basic allowance

Fee

Total payment

0-4

£166

£148.88

£314.88

5-10

£151

£148.88

£299.88

11-15

£177.38

£189.61

£366.99

16-17

£224.37

£189.61

£413.98

 What can it be used for?

  • Allowance – This is to cover the costs of caring for a foster child, including food, household bills and everyday living.
  • Fee – This is given in addition to the allowance, recognising the work that foster carers do whilst caring for a child. The decision of how this is spent is made by the foster carers.

Tax relief for foster carers

When you foster, you’re classed as self-employed which means you are entitled to certain tax exemptions. You’ll also continue to receive any benefits you may be already entitled to.

Ready to join us?

Remember, fostering isn’t all about giving – you can get so much out of the experience – it can enrich the lives of everyone close to you. If you are interested in fostering or simply have a few questions to ask, ring the team on 01656 642674.

We are always just a phone call away!