Payments and allowances

1.Competitive allowances

Introduction

It's important to consider fostering for the right reasons, but we also recognise that income is often an important consideration for many families thinking about fostering - after all, you need to know you can maintain financial stability whilst fostering and continue to support your own family too. 

We are very proud that our allowances and payments are some of the most competitive in the region, including in comparison to independent fostering agencies.

Allowances

Once you have been approved as a foster carer for East Riding of Yorkshire Council, you will receive a weekly allowance for each child in your care and a payment for you which increases as you move up levels. The table below shows the combined total weekly amount.

The fostering allowance is paid to cover the needs of the child, such as extra utility bills that come from having an extra person living in your home, gas, water and electricity bills, food, clothes, trips, pocket money etc. The amount varies depending on the age of each child.

New carers will start on level one and move to the next level as they progress, develop, and learn new skills.

Age Level 1* Level 2 Level 3
0-4 Years 276.13 306.13 351.13
5-10 Years 302.04 332.04 377.04
11-15 Years 359.95 389.95 434.95
16+ 411.05 441.05 486.05

* New carers need to complete a workbook within their first year of approval to maintain level one.

Payment examples

Regular payments

To help you plan your finances, we process fees and allowances every Wednesday and these are normally paid two weeks later, directly into your bank account or building society account.

Fostering payments are made automatically through our fostering duty team.

Self-employed

All foster carers need to register as self-employed with Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. This can easily be done online or by phone. You can find out more about registering by visiting the following:

For the majority of foster carers, the allowance you receive will be tax free and will not affect any state benefits you receive. You could also be entitled to Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit if you have children of your own.

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Example 1 - £17,000 per year equivalent

Susan is a new foster carer. She is a level one carer and looks after Oscar, aged 3.

Susan receives a weekly payment of £276.13.

The additional payments for holidays and birthdays, alongside an annual ‘loyalty bonus’ equates to an additional £22.20 per week.

So, overall Susan will receive £15,513.28 per year, tax free, which is roughly equivalent to an annual taxable salary of £17,000 per year.

Example 2 - £33,600 per year equivalent

Tony has been fostering for 8 years and is a level three carer. He looks after Cody, aged 16.

Tony receives a weekly payment of £486.05.

This means Tony receives £26968.80 per year including his additional payments and loyalty bonus, which is roughly equivalent to an annual taxable salary of £33,600 per year.

Example 3 - £89,500 per year equivalent

Jessica has been fostering for three years and is a level two carer. Jessica fosters a sibling group of three girls, Chloe, 6 years, Gracie, age 11 and Evie, age 15.

Jessica receives a weekly payment of £1111.94.

With the additional loyalty bonus, holiday and birthday allowances, Jessica will receive £61,190.64 per year, which is roughly equivalent to an annual taxable salary of £89,500 per year.

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