Kirklees Council's foster carers receive a weekly payment which includes:
- fostering allowance
- skills payment
- continuous service award
Allowance and skills payments
These tables show the fostering allowance and skills payments that a foster carer can receive. These depend on:
- the age of the child
- the agreed level of assessed skill of the foster carer.
For instance if you are a newly approved foster carer with an assessed skill level of band 2, and you look after a 12-year old, you will receive £332.17 per week.
|0 to 4||£144.86|
|5 to 10||£165.01|
|11 to 15||£205.42|
Looking after more than one child
If a foster carer has more than one foster child in their home, they will receive an additional skills payment of £60.84 per week per child.
In addition to your weekly allowance, you will receive:
- an extra two weeks' payment towards a summer holiday
- an extra payment to help cover Christmas or other religious holidays
- an extra payment for the child or young person's birthday
- fuel allowance of 45p per mile to meet the needs of the child
- contributions towards furniture and other equipment you need to start your fostering journey, once a child is placed with you
- membership of My Staff Shop, which offers attractive discounts with retailers and cinemas plus many more
- a MAX Card, which gives a discount for foster families to use on family days out
- membership of The Fostering Network
- membership of New Family Social (if applicable, this is to support LGBT+ foster carers and their families).
Continuous service award
There is also a continuous service award of £10 per week per year of service. So after your first year of being a foster carer you will receive an additional £10 per week.
This award is payable for a maximum of 15 years. So after fostering for 15 years you will receive an additional £150 per week.