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Allowances and Payments

As a foster carer you will receive an allowance which covers the day-to-day expenses of caring for a child or young person.

You will also receive a skills payment which recognises your level of knowledge and skill.

Weekly fostering allowance

The weekly allowance varies depending on the age of the child being fostered.

Age Weekly Allowance (2020 to 2021)
0 to 4 years old £150.12
5 to 10 years old £170.65
11 to 15 years old £212.12
16 to 18 years old £258.14

Rates are effective from April 2020.

The allowance covers:

  • general maintenance including food, accommodation and related costs
  • provision and replacement of clothing
  • pocket money
  • attendance at clubs, school and leisure activities
  • travel

Skills payments

Our fostering service incorporates four skills levels, with each being linked to a skills payment. The skills payment is paid on a four weekly basis. There is only one skills payment per household.

As you gain experience, go to training and show the appropriate skills you will be given the opportunity to progress through these skills levels.

Skill Level Annual Payment
(2020 to 2021)
Level 1 (all new foster carers) £8,748.42
Level 2 (minimum of two years experience) £13,201.39
Level 3 (minimum of three years experience) £17,573.63
Level 4 (working with young people with complex needs, need a minimum of 2 years continuous fostering experience) £27,982.82

Rates are effective from April 2020.

Paying tax

Recent changes have been announced regarding the taxation of foster carers. Information on this can be found on HM Revenue & Customs Foster Care Relief web pages.