Fostering allowances are paid directly into foster carer’s bank accounts one week in arrears. The money goes into carers accounts on the Tuesday or Wednesday (depending on which bank you use) for the previous Monday to Sunday’s fostering.

Carers are paid the following two weekly rates:

  • £390 for children age 0 to 10 years old and £413 for 11 to 17 years old.

Placements which do not last for whole weeks will be paid for the number of days or part days the child was in placement unless the child is moving between GLF foster carers in which case the carers share the full daily allowance equally for the day or days when both carers looked after the child.

The fostering allowance covers all normal expenditure in respect of the child. For further information see –  Allowance for foster carers

Key elements of expenditure on the child will be agreed either at the placement planning meeting or prior to such a meeting between the foster carer and the supervising social worker. Their decisions (which may need to be revised at the placement planning meeting) will be recorded on GLF’s initial placement form.

When children are newly placed and literally have no clothes other than those they are wearing GLF can sometimes negotiate an initial clothing or school uniform allowance with the placing local authority. However local authorities do not always agree to such expenditure and foster carers should not assume that such an allowance will be forthcoming until the decision is confirmed by their supervising social worker.

Where their supervising social worker confirms that GLF has received written confirmation that the local authority has agreed the expenditure, GLF will pay the allowance to the carer with their next weekly payment. Carers should send receipts for the amount in question to the office so that GLF can justify to the local authority how the money was spent.

Foster carers should not try to negotiate such allowances with the child’s social worker who will not have the authority to make such decisions. They should discuss their request with their supervising social worker who will negotiate on their behalf.

Foster carers should avoid asking children’s social workers for financial agreement in any circumstances. The local authority’s contract is with the agency and all financial negotiation should be between the agency and the local authority.

GLF does not routinely pay for respite for foster carers. Where it is agreed as necessary GLF will negotiate with the local authority involved and inform the carers of the decision

National Insurance, State Benefits and Income Tax are very complicated as they apply to fostering. The agency has an information leaflet on the subject but advises foster carers to consult an accountant if they are receiving regular amounts of money from their fostering activities.

Last Update: January 5, 2019  

January 5, 2019   rich    Foster Care Handbook