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AA;Attendance Allowance – non means tested benefit for people who are over 65 years of age
BIA;Best Interest Assessor, a professional considering a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard application
CA;Carers Allowance – non means tested benefit for people who are over 16 years and caring for more than 35 hours per week and not earning more than £110 (net)
CB;Child Benefit is a payment that you can claim for your child, rules changed in 2012 affecting people who earn above £50\’000
CC;Continuing care another name for continuing healthcare covers the cost of care for a primarily health need
CCG;Clinical Commissioning Groups are NHS organisations set up by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to organise the delivery of NHS services in England
CCG;Community Care Grant – abolished by Welfare Reform Act 2012 – Local Authority administers local emergency support from April 2013
CFC;Care Funding Calculator – tool that may be used by Local Authorities to work out cost of assessed care need
CHC;Continuing Healthcare another name for Continuing Care, a package of care paid for by the CCG for a primary health need
COP;Court of Protection appoints, regulates and administers Deputies who manage health/welfare and/or property/finance decisions for someone who no longer has mental capacity to appoint their own
CP;Carers Premium is an amount that may be added to a means tested benefit claim if you have entitlement to Carers Allowance- even if you are not receiving it
CTB;Council Tax Benefit was abolished by Welfare Reform Act 2012, means tested eligible housing cost payments may still be administered by the District Council until 2017 when Universal Credit is rolled out Nationally. Council Tax exemptions and reductions may apply for example if someone has moved into permanent care
CTR;Council tax Reduction is the replacement for Council Tax Benefit
DBC;Disability Benefit Centre – or DCS, administers disability benefits for the DWP
DCS;Disability and Carers Service administers AA/DLA/PIP/CA
DLA;Disability Living Allowance is a non means tested benefit for someone with a care and/or supervision, mobility need. Abolished by Welfare Reform Act 2012 and replaced by PIP, to be rolled out over the next few years
DoL’s;Deprivation of Liberty safeguards. The Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty safeguards (formerly known as the Bournewood safeguards) were introduced into the Mental Capacity Act 2005 through the Mental Health Act 2007 to protect people from unlawful deprivation of their liberty
DP;Direct Payments are a way of buying your own services with a budget given by the Local Authority once they have assessed an eligible care need and/or provision
DP/DPA;Deferred Payment agreements allows local authorities to defer permanent care fees against a charge on property
DST;Decision Support Tool, this is used to help determine CHC eligibility
DWP;Department of Works and Pensions is the Government department responsible for welfare benefits/social security benefits
EPA;Enduring powers of attorney have been replaced by lasting powers of attorney. However, they may still be used if they were made and signed before October 2007 when the Mental Capacity Act 20005 came into force.
ESA;Employment Support Allowance CB – Contribution Based (non means tested) and/or IB -Income Based (means tested)
FACS;Fairer Access to Care Services was the criteria the Local Authority uses to assess an eligible care need before the Care Act 2014 introduced national eligibility criteria
GC;Guarantee Credit, an element of the means tested benefit Pension Credit
HB;Housing Benefit, means tested help with housing costs
IB;Incapacity Benefit, non means tested benefit for those not able to work due to disability or illness (replaced by ESA)
IFA;Independent Financial Adviser Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB); is for people who are disabled because of an accident at work, or who have certain diseases caused by their work (but not if this is self-employment)
IS;Income Support, means tested top up benefit being replaced by Universal Credit
JCP;Job Centre Plus manages benefits for working age people
JSA;Jobseekers Allowance CB; Contribution Based/IB; Income Based benefit for people actively seeking work
LPA;Lasting Power of Attorney, brought in by Mental Capacity Act 2005 – came into force Oct 2007 providing for legal representation on another person’s behalf and in their best interest
MDT;Multi-Disciplinary Team, a meeting of a number of professionals involved with a person\’s care is called an MDT. It is during one of these that CHC eligibility is discussed and a recommendation made to the CCG
OPG;Office of Public Guardian, manages the register of Attorney\’s
PB;Personal Budget. This is the amount that the Local Authority has assessed an eligible care need to cost them should they be required to or choose to
PIP;Personal Independence Payment, a non means tested benefit for those with care and /or supervision needs, replaces DLA from April 2013 (Welfare Reform Act 2012) for people of a working age
PC;Pension Credit, a means tested benefit for people over the women’s state retirement pension age
RAS;Resource Allocation System – A system used by Local Authority\’s to work out the cost of an eligible need care package
SAQ;Self-assessment questionnaire. This is the form that the Local Authority uses to gather information to assess a care and support need (paper/web format)
SC;Savings Credit. One of two parts to Pension Credit, you have to be over 65 for this part of the means tested benefit
SDP;Severe Disability Premium. The disability premium on a means tested; Pension Credit
SDS;Self Directed Support. Designed to allow personalisation for care needs, a way for people to buy their care from their own choice of provider
SFC;Statement of Financial Circumstances. A form given/sent by Local Authorities to gather information required to assess a financial contribution
SRP/SP;State Retirement Pension/State Pension
>UC;Universal Credit – Replaces means tested working age benefits, brought in by welfare Reform Act 2012
WTC;Working Tax Credit, means tested for those in work on a low income (age and number of employed hour rules apply)

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