Financial support for foster carers

10/19/2020 9:13:21 AM

We understand that caring for children can be a demanding role. We offer a wide range of financial support, aimed to help you provide a high standard of care for the children.



As well as our brilliant training and excellent support, you will receive a generous allowance when caring for a child or young person. The amount you will receive will depend on the age of the child you are looking after and any special needs they may have.

Child's age

Weekly core rate

Weekly core plus rate

Weekly high need rate

0 to 10 £240 £315 £365
11 to 15 £310 £385 £435
16+ £360 £435 £485

Core: this is the rate paid to all new carers.

Core Plus: this is paid to carers once they have completed mandatory training. It includes a £75 skill payment made to the carer per child.

High need rate: this also includes the £75 skill payment as well as an additional £50 to cover the cost of caring for a child with a higher level of need.


What can I spend this on?

You will understand the needs of the child better than us.  We therefore generally don't tell you how to spend the money but it is expected to cover:

  • food
  • clothes
  • heating and lighting
  • pocket money (a specified amount depending on the child's age)
  • dinner money
  • leisure and social activities
  • holiday costs

Additional allowances are paid to contribute to a child's birthday, and religious festivals.



You will also receive additional payments for training. Please visit our training and support page


Income Tax and state benefits

Income Tax

As a foster carer you will receive tax allowance on the income you receive from fostering. This means you will not pay tax on earnings up to a maximum of £10,000 per year. 

As a consequence you can in some cases legitimately reduce or avoid tax payments.  


The allowances you receive for fostering is unlikely to affect any state benefits, you currently receive.

For more information on taxes, contact HM Revenue & customs.

Or contact the Fostering Network on 0270 261 1884


How to contact

If you are interested in fostering, please get in touch.

Online: fostering enquiry form
Telephone: 01296 674973

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