If a child is placed or boarded out with you and you receive a fostering allowance, that child is not counted as part of your family and you cannot have an allowance for that child included in your claim for:
- Income support
- Income-based jobseekers allowance
- Housing benefit
- Council tax benefit
- Child benefit
- Child tax credit
- Pension credit
However, if you get one of these benefits already, the amount of fostering allowance you receive is ignored altogether as income.
Benefits you can claim for the child are:
- Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
DLA continues for a child who is placed in foster care but the social worker and DLA unit decide to whom this is paid - this could be the parent, foster parent or another appointed person; if the child was not intended to be in care for more than 12 weeks, the original appointeeship will not be ended until eight weeks has passed.
Foster carers can claim carer's allowance as long as:
- any reward element included in the fostering allowance does not exceed that current year’s lower earnings limit;
- the cared-for person or child is getting DLA at the middle or high-rate care component.