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Foster care allowances

Foster carers will receive a weekly allowance for each child or young person which is paid on a fortnightly basis. Payments will be made by direct transfer into a bank or building society account.

We believe that fostering payments should reflect the real costs of looking after a foster child and these payments include amounts for clothing and pocket money.

Additional allowances are also payable for holidays, birthdays and a festival allowance - which is usually paid at Christmas.

You may need additional equipment to care for a child. We can provide beds, bedding, car seats, stair gates etc.

We can help with starting up grants for additional items and any extras can be requested via your Family Placement Team social worker or child’s social worker.

Foster carers are not eligible to receive Child Benefit for a foster child. 

Age of Child or Young Person

Weekly Allowance


Weekly Allowance plus basic fee


All-inclusive amount for those in receipt of enhanced fee (£75 for 5-10 years, £125.00 for 11+ Years)
0-4 yrs £156.28 £233.39 £233.39
5-10 yrs £175.82 £252.93 £330.04
11-15yrs £220.05 £297.16 £425.68
16 yrs + £267.35 £344.46 £472.98



Family Link Rates

Day Time Overnight  
£7.81 per hour Lower rate flat fee £57.58
  Higher rate flat fee £68.37

Lower rate – weekdays and terminates when going back to school the following morning

Higher rate – weekends and school holiday when the child stays for longer*

*if longer than 24 hours the carer will also receive the hourly daytime fee


Working Families Tax Credit are not affected by the foster care allowance, though the fostered child cannot be included in the family’s claim. 


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.