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Pocket money

Your carer or worker will give you weekly pocket money. How you get it depends on your age and how well you manage your money.

If you're 16-17 and working or receiving benefits, you might get less pocket money. This reduction starts when you have more than £85.50 a week to spend after expenses.

If your carer or worker thinks you're struggling to manage your pocket money, they might withhold it for a while or only let you spend it when you're with them. For example, if you're being bullied for money or if you're buying unhealthy things.

How much pocket money you'll get

 
 Age Amount per week

0–4

£5

5–7

£5.20

8

£5.20

9–10

£6.20

11

£6.50

12

£7.70

13

£8.70

14

£9.70

15

£12

16–18

£13.10

Savings allowances

While you're in care, we'll provide a weekly savings allowance and look after it for you until you turn 18:

  • Age 0-10: £2.50 a week.
  • Age 11-17: £5 a week.

After you've been in care for a year, we'll add these savings to a junior ISA for you.

Travel costs

If you're 18 and in education or training, you could get a student bus travel card (half price bus fares in Hertfordshire) and / or a student train travel
card (30% off train fares). That depends on your assessed travel needs.

Initial clothing allowance

When you first start to be looked after, you might not have all the clothes you need. In that case, we might give you a one off clothing allowance. This allowance is paid to your carer.

The maximum allowance is set out below – what you receive will
depend on what you need.

AgeAmount

0-10

£219.58

11-15

£268.41

16-17

£340.67

Weekly clothing allowance

You and your carer or worker will decide how your weekly allowance is used. You might decide to save it for a shopping spree or to use it all in one go each month.

Your carer or worker must make sure that you have enough essential clothing, such as school uniform, shoes and a coat, before you can spend your allowance on other items.

AgeAmount

0-4

£10.83

5-10

£12.61

11-15

£16.44

16-17

£21.41

Additional clothing allowance

You might get an additional allowance for school uniform or work clothes to help when you change schools or start work. This will be paid to your carer or keyworker. The allowances are:

 

On commencing primary school

£140.07

On commencing secondary school

£309.57

On changing secondary school

£259.49

On beginning work or remaining at school after
minimum school leaving age

£309.57

Birthday and festival allowances

You'll get £100 which may be in the form of a gift card or money. In addition to this amount, your carer or keyworker will have a further allowance to spend on celebrating your birthday, Christmas or festival of your choice.

Education or training equipment

Depending on your needs and the type of education or training you're in, you might be entitled to a grant of up £475 a year. That's for things like stationery, software, education visits and books.

If you're 16–21 and taking a further education course (level 2 or above), you could get a one-off computer grant of up to £500.

Driving lessons

If driving lessons are agreed and set out in your pathway plan, we'll pay for 1 provisional driving licence, 1 theory test, 1 practical test and 5 one hour driving lessons. That's if:

  • you match the cost of 5 one hour driving lessons
  • you're in education, training or employment for 3 months. Lone parents and young people with disabilities might be exempt from this
  • you have no driving convictions.

 

Short-term savings accounts for over 7s

Before you turn 14, your social worker should help you set up an account in your own name with a building society. You can use this to manage your pocket money, allowances and day-to-day spending.

You won't get a credit card or overdraft.

The account details will be in your care plan and you'll still have access to it if you move placement.

 

Long-term savings accounts

You can keep your long-term savings in either a Child Trust Fund or a Junior Individual Savings Account (ISA).

While you're in care, we'll manage your account for you. What happens when you turn 18 or leave care.

Child Trust Funds

If you were born between 1 September 2002 and 2 January 2011, you might have a Child Trust Fund. This is a long term savings account for a child.

If you have a Child Trust Fund, visit  GOV.UK to find out more.

Junior Individual Savings Accounts (ISA)

If you've been in care for over a year and you don't have a Child Trust Fund, the government will automatically set up a Junior ISA for you and put £200 in it.

Any money we've saved for you will also go into this account.

If you have a Junior ISA, visit GOV.UK to find out more.

 

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