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Payments and allowances for foster carers

There are 2 parts to the payments

  • an allowance to cover the costs of looking after a child or young person. This increases with the age of the child.
  • skills fee - The skills fee will increase as you learn more and/or become more experienced. 

You'll get a weekly payment for each child you foster. It will be paid into your bank account every 4 weeks.

 

Fostering allowance at introductory level
 Age 0-4Age 5-10Age 11-15Age 16-17
Weekly total£126£139£159£185
Annual total£6552£7228£8268£9620
Fostering allowance and skills level 1
 Age 0-4Age 5-10Age 11-15Age 16-17
Weekly total£157.50£173.75£198.75£231.25
Annual total£8190£9035£10335£12025
Fostering allowance and skills level 2 
 Age 0-4 Age 5-10Age 11-15Age 16-17
Weekly total£189£208.50£238.50£277.50
Annual total£9828£10842£12402£14430
Fostering allowance and skills level 3 
 Age 0-4Age 5-10Age 11-15Age 16-17
Weekly total£220.50£243.25£278.25£323.75
Annual total£11466£12649£14469£16835
Fostering allowance and skills level 4 
 Age 0-4Age 5-10Age 11-15Age 16-17
Weekly total£302.40£333.60£381.60£444
Annual total£15724.80£17347.20£19843.20£23088
Fostering allowance and skills level 5 
 Age 0-4Age 5-10Age 11-15Age 16-17
Weekly total£378£417£477£555
Annual total£19656£21684£24804£28860
Fostering allowance and skills level 6 
 Age 0-4Age 5-10Age 11-15Age 16-17
Weekly total£441£486.50£556.50£647.50
Annual total£22932£25298£28938£33670
 

As well as the basic payments we also provide extra financial support for things like birthdays, holidays and celebrations.

 

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