Foster carers are still underpaid Blog.
A study by the Fostering Network has discovered that only one in ten foster parents receive the national living wage for a 40-hour week.
Only 58% receive a fee in addition to their allowance. All foster carers in the UK receive an allowance from the government, to cover the costs of raising a child. This does not include any payment to the foster carers themselves. Indeed, there are no requirements to pay foster carers a fee.
Approximately 75% of children in care are looked after by foster parents and 98% believe they should be paid a fee.
The Fostering Network are petitioning the government to ensure foster carers are paid adequately.
The charity believes that foster care pay should rise to parity with residential care workers, beginning at £20,000 a per annum.
Team London Fostering Blog.