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How we support shared lives providers

Once you have been approved as a Shared Lives Provider your support manager will continue to support you. They will make sure you have the training and support that you need to fulfil your role.

Allowances and financial support

As a Shared Lives Provider you are classed as being self employed. You can find information on being self-employed on the HM Revenue and Customs website.

You will receive an allowance for each night you provide care and support in your home for an adult or young person. 

This is not a salary, but allows you to fully meet the needs of the person placed with you. The allowance is paid monthly and includes a contribution towards the cost of food and utility bills, such as gas and electricity.

These payments vary for each placement but could be between £350 and £650 per week. The amount is agreed in advance depending on how much care and support is required to meet the needs of the individual. 

Some of the allowance you receive is exempt from tax. Your support manager will give you more information on this.