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Payments and allowances for foster carers

The fostering payment rates are split into 2 parts:

  • 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£128£141£161£188
Annual total£6656£7332£8372£9776
Fostering allowance and skills level 1
 Age 0-4Age 5-10Age 11-15Age 16-17
Weekly total£160£176£201£235
Annual total£8320£9165£10465£12220
Fostering allowance and skills level 2 
 Age 0-4 Age 5-10Age 11-15Age 16-17
Weekly total£192£212£242£282
Annual total£9984£10998£12558£14664
Fostering allowance and skills level 3 
 Age 0-4Age 5-10Age 11-15Age 16-17
Weekly total£224£247£282£329
Annual total£11648£12831£14651£17108
Fostering allowance and skills level 4 
 Age 0-4Age 5-10Age 11-15Age 16-17
Weekly total£307£338£386£451
Annual total£15974£17597£20093£23462
Fostering allowance and skills level 5 
 Age 0-4Age 5-10Age 11-15Age 16-17
Weekly total£384£423£483£564
Annual total£19968£21996£25116£29328
Fostering allowance and skills level 6 
 Age 0-4Age 5-10Age 11-15Age 16-17
Weekly total£448£494£564£658
Annual total£23296£25662£29302£34216
 

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

Figures displayed rounded to the nearest pound (£)

 

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