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Foster Carer Allowances

We value the skills, knowledge, experience and commitment of foster carers who provide care and support to cared for children and young people. Our fee scheme gives carers the option to progress through 4 skills levels, and on achieving each level, receive a higher rate of payment in recognition of their skills and contribution to the service.

Here's detail of basic allowances, linked to the ages of the children and young people, and skills payments for each skills level. New carers start at level 1 or 2 depending on their completing the skills to foster training.

Age of child/young person​​​ ​Basic allowanceLevel 1
skills payment
Level 2
skills payment
Level 3
skills payment
Level 4
skills payment
​16+£1880£75£140 £280

The following additional allowances are also paid:

  • Birthday Allowance - equivalent to 1 week's basic fostering allowance.
  • Festival Allowance - equivalent to 1 week's basic fostering allowance.
  • Holiday Allowance - equivalent to 2 week's basic fostering allowance (1 allowance per year).

Allowances are paid fortnightly through BACS. The festival, birthday and holiday allowances are paid at appropriate times and are additional to the weekly allowance.

    Rochdale Guide to Foster Carer Allowances 2017-2018 (441kb pdf)​​​



0300 303 1000

Fostering Team
Fashion Corner
57-59 Drake Street
Rochdale OL16 1PA