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Fees and Allowances

You will receive two kinds of payments when you have a child placed with you. These are: 

  1. A weekly maintenance allowance that covers the cost of caring for a fostered child. This amount is set nationally.
  2. A weekly fee in recognition of your time, skills and experience. This amount is set locally and depends on the kind of fostering you are doing. More intensive fostering attracts a higher fee.

Some of our fee levels include:

  • Foundation based on applicants who may need to gain further experience of caring for children.
  • Mainstream for foster carers who have experience caring for children but have not fostered before.
  • Mainstream Plus for foster carers who have extensive experience of caring for children. This may be in a residential setting or they may have fostered previously.
  • Options, TASK and IRIS for specialist foster carers looking after the most complex young people.

See our current schedule of fostering allowances and fees.


If you had one 16 year old with you, you would receive:

Maintenance allowance (for 16 to 17 year olds): £185.01 per week

Skills fee (based on mainstream plus): £165.72

Total = £350.73 per week

Additional Payments

We also pay additional travel expenses, clothing grants and allowances for holidays, birthdays and Christmas/festivals.


Foster carers are self employed for tax and national insurance purposes, so you would need to register with HMRC. You will be eligible for qualifying care relief, which means you may not need to pay tax or national insurance on your fostering income. Visit the HMRC website for details.


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