How much and how often you will be paid as a Foster Carer is an important element within your overall consideration process. Foster Carers perform an essential role, so whilst money should not be a primary motivation, it is right that you are properly remunerated for the hard work and care you will provide.
You will receive an excellent weekly payment for each child in your care
The Brighton & Hove payment scheme is simple, fair and easy to understand. It is competitive alongside local independent fostering agencies and other local authorities, and it recognises the complex task of fostering.
If you are brand new to fostering, you can expect to receive (in total), between £323 per week for a child under 4 and £405 per week for a young person aged 12-18.
After 5 years, you can expect to receive (in total), between £367 per week for a child under 4 and £449 per week for a young person aged 12-18.
For a parent and baby placement, you will receive the weekly total for a child under 4, plus the weekly total for a young person aged 12-18.
If you are already a Foster Carer for an agency or Local Authority, we will either closely match your current pay or exceed it.
Payments Table 2020/21
|Age Of Child|
|Newly approved:||Allowance (per child)||£159*||£200*||£241*||£400**|
|After two years:||Allowance (per child)||£159*||£200*||£241*||£400**|
|After five years:||Allowance (per child)||£159*||£200*||£241*||£400**|
*£5 savings contribution will be deducted
**Allowance covers living costs for parent and baby. If parent is under 18, £5 savings contribution x2 will be applied
Your payment will consist of two parts
The payment each Foster Carer receives consists of an allowance and a fee.
Allowance: Foster Carers receive a weekly fostering allowance which is designed to cover the cost of caring for a fostered child. This covers things such as food, clothes and toiletries. The allowance depends on the type of fostering you do, the age of the young person in your care, and the number of years you have been fostering.
Fee: Fee payments are made on top of the allowance to recognise a Foster Carers’ time, skills and experience.
As a Foster Carer you are also entitled to a range of benefits and discounts. We will pay for you to become a member of The Fostering Network, who work continually to secure a range of discounts. Current discounts include;
40% off all purchases through Big Potato Games
£10 off any three-month subscription to Little Cooks Co
10% off online orders with Foyles Bookshop
15% off arts and crafts supplies with Baker Ross
40% off the cost of cinema tickets at leading chains such as ODEON, VUE and Picturehouse (plus many more) through The Cinema Society
10% discount on home insurance policies through Towergate Insurance
Up to 10% off Haven Holidays
10% off family holiday across the UK and Europe with Hoseasons
10% off family holiday across the UK and Europe with Cottages.com
10% off entry at Go Ape
Up to 52% off entry to Merlin attractions
What about tax, National Insurance and benefits
All foster carers are treated as self-employed for tax purposes. It can feel daunting to understand how fostering affects your tax and National Insurance contributions, but The Fostering Network have a range of resources to help Foster Carers better understand what it means for them and their finances, and our team are available to talk you through any questions you may have.
Here are some helpful links
Becoming a foster carer does not have to mean giving up employment. It’s true that foster carers are expected to be available to care for children, support contact between a child and their family and to attend meetings, training and support groups, but depending on your circumstances, you can sometimes foster and continue to work flexible hours; it just may make a difference to the type of fostering that you can do. Visit our working and fostering page for more information
Previous financial problems should not prevent you from fostering. You will need to be able to show that you are now financially secure enough to provide a stable home for any children that are placed with you, and that you are able to manage the fostering allowances paid to you.