Payments and allowances

2.Generous payments

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    Additional allowances

    We provide one of the highest local authority allowances in the Yorkshire and Humber region. This is to recognise the importance of your role as a foster carer, whilst supporting the children in your care.

    In additional to receiving a weekly payment, you will also benefit from:

    • Annual loyalty payment of £410
    • Help with equipment and setting up allowance when you first start to foster
    • Two additional weeks payment for holidays
    • Additional payments as you progress and increase your skills
    • Mileage allowance
    • Birthday payment for each child you foster
    • Additional week’s payment for religious celebrations such as Christmas
    • Access to family events and support groups
    • Free East Riding leisure centre membership for everyone in the fostering household.
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    Example 1

    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, roughly equivalent to an annual taxable salary of around £17,000 per year.

    Example 2

    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 £27,628.80 per year including his additional payments and loyalty bonus, roughly equivalent to an annual taxable salary of around £34,000 per year.

    Example 3

    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 £1,099.94.

    With the additional loyalty bonus, holiday and birthday allowances Jessica will receive £58,296.82 per year, roughly equivalent to an annual salary of £84,000 per year.