Asked by: Carlene Rousselin
asked in category: General Last Updated: 1st February, 2020

Will fostering affect my benefits?

Equally the fees and allowances from fostering are not counted as income when calculating any of the following means tested benefits: Income Support, Income based Job Seekers Allowance, Income based Employment & Support allowance, Housing benefit and Council Tax Support.

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Hereof, can you claim benefits if you foster?

The following are all means-tested benefits: Income Support and Jobseeker's Allowance, Housing Benefit and Council Tax Benefit; Fostering Allowances do not count as income for any of these benefits. If you are a single foster parent you will be able to claim Income Support if the foster child is under 16 of age.

Beside above, do foster carers get paid when they don't have a placement? Some foster agencies, though, do pay a retainer to foster carers who are available for work but don't currently have a placement. According to the latest figures from the Fostering Network fifty per cent of foster carers don't receive a fee payment on top of their basic allowance.

In this manner, does fostering affect ESA?

If you are already getting Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), you can carry on getting it as a foster carer. Your work as a foster carer will not be treated as employment and the money you get from the fostering allowance will be ignored as income.

Does fostering affect tax credits?

In the main, fostering payments when a child is placed with a foster carer are disregarded when calculating welfare benefits. Alternatively, foster carers may be able to claim Working Tax Credit because fostering is regarded as 'work' by HMRC when they have a child in placement.

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