What you’ll get paid | Become a Shared Lives carer | Medway Council

What you’ll get paid

As a Shared Lives carer, you will get paid for the support you provide. There is a band structure to the fees, so what you earn is based on the level of support that the person you care for needs.

If you support someone long-term, in a live-in arrangement, you will get three parts to your pay. These include:

  • a care and support payment from Medway Council
  • rent – from the person you support (set on local housing allowance rates)
  • a boarding fee to go towards food and household bills from the person you support

Day support and respite Shared Lives carers will get one payment from Medway Council.

To receive your support payment, you will need to register as self employed. We will give you the information you need to help you with this. 

Support payment for lower level support (band 1)

If you offer lower level support you could get £357.42 a week (£1,548.82 a month).

Each week this will include:

  • a care and support payment from Medway council of £225.42
  • £67 for rent 
  • £65 a week for food and bills

Support payment for moderate level support (band 2)

If you offer moderate level support you could get £407.67 a week (£1,766.57 a month).

Each week this will include:

  • a care and support payment from Medway council of £275.67
  • £67 for rent 
  • £65 a week for food and bills

Support payment for high level support (band 3)

If you offer high level support you could get £466.27 a week (£2,020.50 a month). 

Each week this will include:

  • a care and support payment from Medway council of £334.27
  • £67 for rent 
  • £65 a week for food and bills