Being a Shared Lives carer is a paid role.  The fees we pay to a Shared Lives carer will depend on what sort of service you offer, how many people you support and what sort of support needs each person has.

You will be paid a weekly fee of £407.65 for each adult you support. This covers all expenses and includes an allowance for the carer. The fee is made up of a contribution made by the person you look after, and the rest, when applicable is paid by Northumberland County Council.

A Shared Lives carer must be registered as self-employed for tax purposes and the carer’s fee must be declared. HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs) treats the income from Shared Lives in a similar way to that of foster carers and have agreed a beneficial tax arrangement for Shared Lives carers. You can download the HMRC tax guidance for Shared Lives carers (still called adult placement carers) here.

Your Shared Lives worker will guide you through the tax procedures and insurance arrangements you need to make to be a Shared Lives carer.