Making sense of the Gobblydegook

AAAttendance Allowance – non means tested benefit for people who are over 65 years of age
APPOINTEESomeone assigned by the Department of Works and Pensions to manage benefit claims and payments
BIABest Interest Assessor, a professional considering a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard application
CACarers Allowance – non means tested benefit for people who are over 16 years and caring for more than 35 hours per week (earnings limits apply)
CBChild Benefit is a payment that you can claim for your child, rules changed in 2012 affecting people who earn above £50’000
CCGClinical Commissioning Groups organise the delivery of local NHS services in England
CHCContinuing Healthcare is a package of care paid for by the CCG for a primary health need
COPCourt of Protection – appoints, regulates and administers Deputies who manage health/welfare and/or property/finance decisions in the best interest of someone who no longer has mental capacity to appoint an Attorney
CPCarers Premium is an amount that may be added to a means tested benefit calculation if you have entitlement to Carers Allowance- even if you are not receiving the actual benefit payment.
CTBCouncil Tax Benefit was replaced by Council tax Reductions. Support for Housing costs that is usually means tested apart from Council Tax exemptions and band reductions that may apply for example if someone has moved into permanent care, uses a wheelchair indoors or is living with a severe mental impairement
CTRCouncil tax Reduction is the replacement for Council Tax Benefit
DLADisability 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 Personal Independence Payment for people who are under 65 years or were receiving DLA and already 65 in April 2013
DoL’sDeprivation 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. Due to be replaced by Liberty Protection Safeguards (LiPS)
DPDirect Payments are a way of buying your own services with a personal budget provided by a Local Authority once they have assessed an eligible care need and/or provision
DPADeferred Payment agreements allows local authorities to defer permanent care home fees against a charge on property
DSTDecision Support Tool, this is used to help determine Continuing Healthcare eligibility
D2ADischarge to Assess – The process for Hospital Discharge which may include short term funding
DWPDepartment of Works and Pensions is the Government department responsible for welfare benefits/social security benefits
EPAEnduring Powers of Attorney were replaced by Lasting Powers of Attorney. However, they may still be used if they were made and signed before October 2007 (without restrictions) when the Mental Capacity Act 20005 came into force.
ESAEmployment Support Allowance CB – Contribution Based (non means tested) and/or IB -Income Based (means tested)
GCGuarantee Credit, an element of the means tested benefit Pension Credit for older people
HBHousing Benefit, means tested help with housing costs
IBIncapacity Benefit, non means tested benefit for those not able to work due to disability or illness (replaced by ESA)
IFAIndependent Financial Adviser – regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
IIDBIndustrial Injuries Disablement Benefit is for people who are disabled because of an accident at work, or who have certain diseases caused by their employed work (not self-employment)
ISIncome Support, means tested top up benefit replaced by Universal Credit
JCPJob Centre Plus manages benefits for working age people
JSAJobseekers Allowance CB; Contribution Based/IB; Income Based benefit for people actively seeking work. Replaced by Universal Credit
LPALasting 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
LPSThe Liberty Protection Safeguards were introduced in the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Act 2019 and will replace the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) system from April 2022
MASHMulti Agency Safeguarding Hub
MCAMental Capacity Act 2007
MDTMulti-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
OPGOffice of Public Guardian, manages the register of Attorney’s
OTOccupational Therapist
PBPersonal 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
PIPPersonal 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
PCPension Credit, a means tested benefit for people over the women’s state retirement pension age
SALTSpeech and Language Therapist
SECTION 117A section of the Mental Health Act 1983 which provides for FREE aftercare on Discharge
SCSavings Credit. One of two parts to Pension Credit, you have to be over 65 for this part of the means tested benefit which changed in 2016 with the Pensions Act
SDPSevere Disability Premium. The disability premium on a means tested benefit – Pension Credit
SDSSelf Directed Support. Designed to allow personalisation for care needs, a way for people to buy their care from their own choice of provider
SFCStatement of Financial Circumstances. A form given/sent by Local Authorities to gather information required to assess a financial contribution
SRP/SPState Retirement Pension/State Pension
UCUniversal Credit – Replaces means tested working age benefits, brought in by welfare Reform Act 2012
WTCWorking Tax Credit, means tested for those in work on a low income (age and number of employed hour rules apply). Replaced by Universal Credit

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