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Your fostering allowance

Understanding your foster carer payment

Children and young people supported by foster carers have different levels of needs, behaviour, challenges or difficulties.

The foster carer payment to you is to reflect the relevant need levels to help ensure that the child or young person has the right support and very importantly, the hard work by carers is recognised.

The all round support to foster carers is very important under the Evolve Family approach and the carer payment is a key element.

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Your Fostering Allowance

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Understanding your foster carer payment

Your foster payment is made up of two parts:

Allowance element – to cover costs and direct support for the child or young person

Reward element – allows foster carers to be paid for their time and efforts

The allowance element is to cover the following support for the child or young person:

Clothing costs (including initial clothing and school uniform
Food costs (to cover any specific dietary needs)
Transport to school or activities
Pocket money
Holiday costs
Hobbies and interests (including any equipment)
Personal care/Utilities
Birthday and religious celebrations
Education support costs (books, learning materials or IT)

The reward element allows foster carers to be paid for their time and efforts, it is your income to be retained. Fostering is increasingly being considered a professional career because of the reward element and higher levels for children with complex and enhanced needs that Evolve Fostering and its carers support.

We have a full carer payment guide for all foster carers which provides detailed information. If you are considering fostering, please contact us and we can cover any questions relating to expected payment you would receive based on your experience or types of children or young person you may support.

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Types Of Fostering

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The level, overall amount and type of fostering allowance you will receive will be determined by the type of fostering organisation you work for.

Independent fostering agencies

Evolve Fostering is a leading independent fostering agency and we follow the fostering regulations and best guidance to provide your support.

Your foster carer payment will be up to £750 per week depending on the needs and placement types for the child or young person including:

• Complex or enhanced needs
• Parent and child placements
• Solo placements
• Siblings placed together
• Disabled needs

The payment level you receive is well above the National Minimum fostering allowances set by the Department for Education (DFE).

We will tailor and provide a bespoke fostering support package for each foster carers and then each child or young person placed.

Local authority foster carer

Local authority payments for fostering are to cover the National Minimum fostering allowances as a key requirement. This is up £270 per week for a young person aged 16 to 17 (with foster carers based in London). These are recommended minimum levels overall and you would receive a reward element in addition to this.

Selected local authorities also operates through independent trusts to provide their fostering.

Private fostering

This is when a child or young person is aged under 16 (or under 18 if disabled) and they are cared for by a person who is not their parent or a close relative. This is for 28 days or more in their own home and the relevant Local Authority must be informed.

The relevant payment is a private arrangement between the parent and the foster carer. The foster carer is usually responsible for claiming the correct benefits for the child or young person include tax credits or housing benefit.

Tax records and relief

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When you are fostering and receive a foster carer payment, this means that the relevant income will be treated as “self employed”. You will receive your fostering payment without any tax deductions or National Insurance payments.

Foster carers will need to register as self employed with HMRC and complete a tax return each year. Or if you are already completing one and registered, include the relevant income in your return.

Foster carers receive a tax relief called "Qualifying Care Relief"

This is currently made up two parts:

  • • £18,140 fixed amount for each household for a full tax year
  • • Weekly amount for each cared for child or young person:
  • – £375 for children under 11
  • – £450 for children aged 11 or over

For the balance of fostering income above the Qualifying Care Relief, you are likely to pay tax and would need to include the taxable amount under the simplified or profit method.

 

Information for your benefits

Your fostering income is relevant for your potential benefits and please see guidance below. We recommend all foster carers take relevant advice on their tax and speak to the Department for Work and Pensions relating to benefits. We are here to help you but only in providing helpful information.

Please see the link below on the Qualifying Care Relief as the figures and allowances were increased in the Budget for 2023

VISIT GOV.UK

 

 

Housing Benefit & Universal Credit

Your fostering pay (or ‘allowance’) is not likely to affect any housing tax benefits or Universal Credit if you are claiming one or both of them. It is disregarded when included your calculations, so depending on any other income streams, this could leave foster carers free to claim these two valuable benefits.

Carer’s Allowance & Disability Living Allowance

If you are already claiming either or both of these for your own child, then your fostering allowance should not affect these either.

Working Tax Credit & Child Tax Credit

You may be entitled to these if you also have children of your own, as foster carers count as being self-employed.

 

DLA (Disability Living Allowance)

Foster parents can make a claim for this on behalf of a foster child or young person in their care, that has a disability and is under the age of 16. Your local authority may help you arrange plans and budgets for the DLA award, including the possibility of providing financial help with any modifications you might need with your home.

Your support

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As a foster carer, you put in an amazing effort and go that extra step to support children and young persons. You deserve to be appreciated, valued and supported by your fostering agency.

At Evolve Fostering, you will receive all the support you need and all our foster carers would recommend us to others. Please take the journey to joining the Evolve Family and we are here to make the transfer process easy for you.

  • Minimum weekly telephone contact
  • Consultation with Connect B4 Correct Therapeutic Team
  • Consultation with Connect B4 Correct Education and Health Advisor
  • Allocated Peer Mentor
  • 24 Hour/365 out-of-hours on call service
  • Secure website for Foster Care Handbook, all policies, procedures, guides and documents
  • Therapeutic treatment plans
  • Outstanding and always-evolving Training programme
  • Access to Therapeutic Parenting Diploma
  • Open door policy
  • Fostering magazine, discounts on goods and services
  • Monthly payments of foster care allowance – up to £750 per week
  • 21 nights respite
  • Initial clothing allowance for each child or young person
  • Initial school uniform allowance for each child or young person
  • Annual holiday allowance for each child or young person
  • Festival allowance for each child or young person
  • Social events
  • Membership to FosterTalk
  • Ground supervision (monthly)
  • Individual supervision from your dedicated social worker (monthly)
Support is second to none!

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