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Carer allowances and fees

To recognise the important and professional role that carers provide we offer competitive pay. Carers receive both an allowance and a fee for each and every child they look after. You can also see some examples of how the allowances and fees work.

Foster Allowances (per child, per week)
Age Range Standard Clothing Pocket Money Maintenance

In addition to the above allowances, Christmas (or other religious festival) and birthday allowances each equivalent to one week’s standard allowance, and holiday allowance, equivalent to two week’s standard allowances are paid. Christmas allowances are paid 4 weeks prior to Christmas.

Foster Fees (per child, per week)
Age Range Weekly Fee
0-11 £157.49
12-18 £215.39
Specialist and Disability £393.74
Enhanced Specialist Pro-rata £487.28


Befrienders are paid a fee of £6.09 per hour, for session times agreed.

As Edinburgh is a placing agency, our carers have less time between placements than other agencies, therefore, overall, our carers have an opportunity to earn more.