I've googled this but unable to get a clear answer. My situation would be that I'd (hopefully) be a foster carer. Apart from fostering, I would have no income. I'd be a single foster carer, and although wouldn't have a mortgage to pay, I still will have my monthly bills. Does anyone know?
I think you can while you are actually fostering but not between placements. As you are unable to work due to caring for a child. But you can't work in any other employment for more than 16 hours per week.
I think while you're without a placement you're not entitled as they consider you available for work.
Thankyou. That's a bit of a pain, as it wouldn't really be possible to get short term jobs with very little notice in between placements. Good to find out you can get it during placements though. Thanks
Hopefully you wouldn't have much time between placements, especially if you foster for a local authority. You also might find they would negotiate a small retainer for empty weeks, that might bridge the gap.
Yes you can claim income support if a single carer - I do.
At the moment you have to change to Job seekers allowance if you have a break between placements, but that is to change with universal credit.
You can only claim income support for children under 5 though. As younger children are being brought into care less frequently you might want to weigh up the chances of having a more regular fostering income with older children against the more likely gaps between placements with younger children.
I'm a single carer, don't have any children of my own. I am able to claim Working Tax Credit. (Don't claim JSA as I foster babies). Apart from fostering, I get a small income from a pension scheme. I'm with LA.