Access general advice and information
For useful advice and information, Fosterline offers information on fostering and finances.
If you are a member of FosterTalk or the Fostering Network, through either organisation you can access an advice line and advisers who can offer further information about tax, national insurance, self assessment and other financial issues you may face as a foster carer.
Council tax discount
If you are able to provide placements for up to 75% of the year, you will receive a discount of 25% off your council tax bill. We will review this yearly. It applies to foster carers both within and outside of Bath and North East Somerset.
Find more information on tax arrangements and support for foster parents.
Find more information on Qualifying care relief.
Self employment and tax relief
Foster carers are treated as being self-employed and are responsible for their own income tax and National Insurance contributions. Tax relief is available under certain circumstances.
Warning Foster carers are not eligible to receive Child Benefit for a foster child.
Working Families Tax Credit are not affected by the foster care allowance, though the fostered child cannot be included in the family’s claim.