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Why foster with us?

3. Allowances, Income Tax and Benefits

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

Allowances

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.

Fostering allowances

Age of child

Weekly Allowance

Birthday & Festival

0 – 4 years

£176.40

£96.10

5 – 10 years

£233.60

£104.20

11 – 15 years

£306.60

£128.50

16 years and over

£359.10

£159.80


Children with additional needs

Age of child

Weekly Allowance

Birthday & Festival

0 – 4 years

£249.90

£96.10

5 – 10 years

£273.70

£104.20

11 – 15 years

£306.60

£128.50

16 years and over

£359.10

£159.80

Child Arrangement Orders and Special Guardianship  

Age of child

Weekly Allowance

0 – 4 years

£140.91

5 – 10 years

£156.66

11 – 15 years

£194.53

16 years and over

£248.85

 

Our allowances are based on the rates recommended by the Fostering Network and are reviewed annually.

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.

Training

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.  

Benefits

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

For more information on taxes, please contact the HM Revenue & customs – www.hmrc.gov.uk

Or contact the Fostering Network on 0270 261 1884

 

 

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Last updated: 1 August 2017

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