Social services Apply to become a shared lives carer

Money, payment, tax and insurance

Shared Lives providers are paid a set rate, which is regularly reviewed based on the assessed needs of our customers. Some providers choose Shared Lives as their full time work, whilst others work only part time.

Providers who use their own transport receive a mileage allowance if transport is approved as part of a customer's assessed needs.

Your allocated Shared Lives worker will discuss the financial payments in more detail with you. You will be asked to submit invoices for work, and these will be supplied by the Shared Lives office.

Sessional Support (Short Term)

Sessional support in the community or customer's home (Short term)
Days and times Cost
Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm £7.00 p/h
Monday to Friday: 6pm to 8am and Bank Holidays £8.00 p/h
Mileage 35p per mile

Learning Disability Family Respite (Short Term)

Overnight rates without personal care
Learning Disability Service contribution Service user contribution Total payment
£36.13 per night £13.50 per night £49.63 per night


Overnight rates with personal care
Learning Disability service contribution Service user contribution Total Payment
£59.13 per night £13.50 per night £72.63 per night


Day care rates
Day and times Cost
Monday to Friday: 8am to 6pm £7.00 p/h
Monday to Friday 6pm to 8am and Bank Holidays £8.00 p/h

Shared Lives Link Respite Care (Short Term)

Shared lives link respite care (short term)
Provider contribution Council contribution Service user contribution Total payment
£16.00 per 24 hours £16.00 per 24 hours £13.50 per 24 hours £45.50 per 24 hours

Long Term Shared Lives or Supported Lodgings

These placements are funded on an individual basis based on the needs of the customer but would normally be based on the Supporting People funding.

Shared lives / supported lodgings payments
Long Term Shared Lives placement Supported Lodgings placement
£203.68 p/w £140.31 p/w

In addition to the above payments, carers will also receive the following weekly payments:

  • £95 rent
  • £10 household contribution
  • DLA Care Component (range from £21 to £79.15)

Tax and National Insurance

Providers are not employees of Manchester City Council but are viewed as self-employed. It's therefore the responsibility of providers to arrange their own tax and national insurance contributions.

We can advise you on these matters and signpost you to tools and calculators from Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs (HMRC).


Some State Benefits may be affected by payments  from the Shared Lives service. We can offer advice about these benefits on a case-by-case basis.


You will need to make sure you have full house and contents insurance. If you are required to use your car you will also need to inform your car insurance company. You will also need to advise your personal and household insurer that you are acting as a provider for this service.

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