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Fostering Allowance

The Minimum Weekly Fostering Allowance from 1st April 2012
AGE OF CHILD WEEKLY RATE DAILY RATE
0-4 years £117 £16.71
5-10 years £129 £18.42
11-15 years £148 £21.14
16+ years £172 £24.57
Proposed Carers Skills Allowances
    Age 0-4 Age 5 - 10   Age 11 - 15   Age 16 - 17  
Level 0
(Maintenance Payment)
Weekly payment £117 £129 £148 £172
  Annual Level 0 total £6,084 £6,708 £7,696 £8,944
Level 1
(Maintenance Payment + 25%)
Weekly payment £146.25 £161.25 £185 £215
  Annual Level 1 total £7,605 £8,385 £9,620 £11,180
Level 2
(Maintenance Payment + 50%)
Weekly payment £175.50 £193.50 £222 £258
  Annual Level 2 total £9,126 £10,062 £11,544 £13,416
Level 3
(Maintenance Payment + 75%)
Weekly payment £204.75 £225.75 £259 £301
  Annual Level 3 total £10,647 £11,739 £13,468 £15,652
Level 4 – Specialist
(Maintenance Payment + 140%)
Weekly payment £280.80 £309.60 £355.20 £412.80
  Annual Level 4 total £14,601.60 £16,099.20 £18,470.4 £21,465.60
Level 5 - *Single placement
(Maintenance Payment + 200%)
Weekly payment £351 £387 £444 £516
  Annual Level 5 total £18252 £20124 £23088 £26832
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What should the allowance cover?

The weekly allowance should cover the following:
  • Food including school lunches
  • Toiletries
  • Toys and play equipment
  • Magazines and comics
  • Family days out
  • Some school residential trips
  • Contribution to heating and lighting
  • Bedding and replacement bedding
  • Pocket money
  • Day to day transport by car or public transport
  • School day trips
  • Clothing and school uniform
This list is not exhaustive. Further guidance can be obtained from the Family Placement Team
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Additional Weekly Allowances

There are also additional weekly allowances available for events like birthdays and Christmas.
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Further Information

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Page Last Updated: 21 July 2014