As a foster carer, you may be entitled to claim benefits and tax credits. These benefits are usually completely disregarded as income or only taxable profit from your fostering is taken into consideration for the purposes of calculating your entitlement to benefits.
For further information about what benefits, you can claim, read our guide below. For a calculation for fostering allowance and benefits, call us on 0121 794 2289.
Can Carers Claim Child Benefits?
Foster carers cannot claim Child Benefit for any fostered children who are placed with them. However, you can claim Child Benefit for your own children or other children who live with you (who are not fostered).
Foster Care Benefits:
Disability Living Allowance For Foster Carers
Disability Living Allowance is a tax-free benefit for children who need help with their care due to mental or physical disabilities.
Key facts about DLA and Foster Carers:
- It’s paid to children up to the age of 16
- Queries regarding eligibility should initially be dealt with by the child’s social worker
- Varying rates are available, depending on the level of disability
- Local authorities with parental responsibility may want proof it’s being used as intended
- This means carers may be asked by the service provider for a breakdown of the way DLA contributes to their extra fostering costs
- Foster carers do not need birth parents’ permission to apply for DLA (although it is good practice for the child’s social worker to inform the parent)
- DLA money cannot be saved for use in later years, as this could penalise the child
Still got some queries about DLA, how it impacts you and your foster child, or who to contact to find out more? We can help.
Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
The PIP is a benefit that is aimed at helping adults with long-term health conditions or disabilities with their additional living costs.
Key facts about PIP:
- It’s the DLA equivalent for people aged 16 and over
- It doesn’t involve the same eligibility criteria or rates as DLA
- Most applicants have to take part in a face-to-face PIP assessment
- It’s made up of two main areas – daily living and mobility
- It isn’t means-tested and is paid whether or not the recipient is working
- If the recipient is switching from receiving DLA to PIP, their needs must be expected to last for at least nine months
- These conditions do not apply to terminally-ill applicants
- Just because a child receives DLA, doesn’t necessarily mean they will qualify for PIP
Want to find out more about PIP, such as how to apply for it and how it’s calculated? Get in touch with us for more details.
Click here for more information on the foster carer universal credit.
Do you need help calculating your fostering allowance and benefits? Call us on 0121 794 2289 for more information and guidance.