Fees and Allowances

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Claiming benefits - advice for members

As a foster carer you may be entitled to claim benefits and tax credits. The allowances and fee (if you get one) you receive from fostering are normally completely disregarded as income or only taxable profit from your fostering is taken into consideration for the purposes of calculating your entitlement to benefits.

Make Foster Care Fair

About allowances in Scotland

As a result of our pressure, the Scottish Government is currently conducting a review of fostering, kinship care, and adoption allowances, and has convened a working group in which we are involved. After years of campaigning it now looks likely that progress will be made. 

Pay

The fostering allowance is designed to cover the cost of caring for a fostered child. Fee payments can be made on top of allowances, but there is no requirement for this. As a result, the amounts being paid vary hugely across the country, with only a small minority of foster carers even receiving the equivalent of the national living wage for a 40-hour week.

Allowances

All foster carers receive a weekly fostering allowance which is designed to cover the cost of caring for a fostered child. This includes food, clothes, toiletries, travel and all other expenses incurred. 

Fees and allowances

Allowances

All foster carers receive a weekly fostering allowance which is designed to cover the cost of caring for a fostered child. This should cover food, clothes, toiletries and all other expenses incurred in looking after a fostered child.  

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