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Will the Council pay for care?

Will the Council pay? – What is an Adult Social Care needs and financial assessment Personal Budgets and Care Plans explained.

Social Care services are provided by the Local Authority and help you if you need practical support because of illness or disability and/or care for someone.  You can arrange your own care and support without the Council being involved but this may mean that they do not make a financial contribution and you may be missing out on FREE services.

Types of social care and support may include:

  • care and support at home
  • hot meals
  • Laundry
  • Aids and Adaptations to the home
  • Equipment and house hold gadgets
  • personal alarms and home security systems 
  • access to different types of housing, such as sheltered housing and care homes

Social Care Assessment

You can arrange care and support privately yourself but if you want the council to arrange or pay towards your care a needs assessment will be needed.

The needs assessment will help to form a ‘Care Plan’ that tells you what type of care will meet your eligible need and how much it would cost the Local Authority (Personal Budget) if they are required to or choose to arrange the care and support needed.

Find your Local Authority  to request a Care Needs assessment

The Local Authority can do an assessment of your care needs (FREE) and are often able to help with other services such prevention and support services that could include help with the garden, getting a pendant alarm or an advocate who may be able to do things like organise a tradesman, write a letter or ring a utility company…..

Find your Local Authority to request a Carers assessment

This is different to a care needs assessment as it looks at what care and support is being provided, by who and what support they may need to enable them to continue. It is especially valuable if for any reason the carer isn’t able to provide this whether temporarily for example a hospital stay or because you may need more help that they can manage.

Care Act 2014 ‘Eligibility’ criteria

Criteria

Unable to achieve

Specified Outcomes

Significant impact

Wellbeing

Financial Assessment

Where a Local Authority decides to make a charge a Local Authority must follow the Care and Support (Charging and Assessment of Resources) regulations and have regard to the Care and Support Statutory Guidance.

Financial Assessment – common elements for care at home and care in a care or nursing home

The following rules apply to financial assessment for both residential care and care at home:​

  • Residents with over £23,250 savings/capital will meet the full costs of their care and are considered able to pay for their own care in full.
  • Residents with between £14,250 and £23,250 will contribute from their savings/capital as a tariff income of £1.00 for every £250 or part of, a contribution from income will also be assessed
  • Residents with Savings/Capital below £14,250 will not contribute from capital, but a contribution from income will be assessed.

Care at home

Because a person who receives care and support outside a care home will need to pay their daily living costs charging rules ensure they have enough money to meet these costs. For care at home, after charging a person must be left with the appropriate minimum income guarantee plus a 25% buffer.

Care in a Care/Nursing home

Most income will be assessed (disregards may apply including half of an occupational pension given to a spouse). You will retain a Personal Expenses Allowance of £24.90 per week that cannot be put towards the cost of care. This may increase (up to £144 per week) if a Deferred Payment Agreement is in place

Remember it is an individual’s care need being assessed and so an individual’s ability to contribute towards the cost that will be financially assessed, any joint savings will be halved a financial assessment and there are property, income and capital disregards to consider.

Deliberate Deprivation

Care and Support Statutory Guidance Annex E

If you give away an asset or do not claim an income or benefit entitlement available to you and the Local Authority and/or DWP decide that this was done with a deliberate intention to avoid paying for your care/ accommodation costs or to access a benefit entitlement, then they may treat you as still owning or having it and if so the financial assessment will include the amount as notional income/capital.

Nicola Taylor

Nicola Taylor

Nik is an experienced Care Funding and Benefit adviser, trainer and consultant. Working with Citizen’s Advice began her passion for Welfare Rights which led to her working with local and central Government. She is the author of several books/guides and is dedicated to helping people make informed care choices and care funding decisions.

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