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Financial support

As a foster carer for Bracknell Forest Fostering, you will receive a fee for your time and an allowance to directly support the child or children you are caring for. These are paid on a fortnightly basis, while you have a child in placement.

Allowances

The allowances for April 2019 to March 2020 are below.

Allowance and fee breakdown for foster carers in Bracknell Forest Fostering

Type per week

Child aged 0 to 4

Child aged 5 to 10

Child aged 11 to 15

Child aged 16 and up

Allowance for child

£168.71

£192.18

£239.24

£291.02

Fee for foster carer

£85

£85

£145

£105

Standard weekly total

£253.71

£277.18

£384.24

£396.02

Additional allowances

Additional allowances are as follows.

Additional fostering payments for skills and disability

Type per week

Child aged 0 to 4

Child aged 5 to 10

Child aged 11 to 15

Child aged 16 and up

Additional skills payment

£50

£50

£50

£50

Additional disability payment

£75

£75

£75

£75

Maximum weekly total

£378.71

£402.18

£509.24

£521.02

Respite and short break placements

For respite placements you will be paid the following allowances for periods of over 6 hours (a half day payment is applicable for under 6 hours). These are for April 2019 to March 2020.

Type per week

Child aged 0 to 4

Child aged 5 to 9

Child aged 10 to 15

Child aged 16 and up

Allowance for child and fee for carer (without skills payment)

£36.24

£39.24

£54.89

£56.57

Allowance for child and fee for carer eligible for skills payment

£43.39

£46.74

£62.03

£63.72

Allowance for child and fee for carer without skills payment for a child with a disability

£46.96

£50.31

£65.61

£67.29

Allowance for child and fee for carer with skills payment for child with a disability

£54.10

£57.45

£72.75

£74.43

Specific payments for supported lodgings and parent and child placements are available on request.

Tax exemption and benefits

Foster carers are classed as self-employed and as such you will not be paid for any period that you do not have a child in placement. As part of the application and assessment process we will discuss your financial circumstances to make sure you can cope with any periods you are without a placement.

Foster carer earnings are usually tax-free. If you currently receive benefits, in most cases you will still be eligible to claim these. For more information, see help with the cost of fostering on GOV.UK.

Contact information

Fostering

Address

Email: fostering@bracknell-forest.gov.uk

Phone: 01344 352020

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