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Consultation on changes to financial assessments for non-residential care services

We are proposing changes in the way in which non-residential care services are financially assessed. If agreed, these changes would take effect from 1 October 2016. We're asking for your views on these proposals and you have until Sunday 26 June to comment.


What is non-residential care?

Non-residential care includes a wide range of social care services which enable people to stay in their homes. For example, home care, day care and extra care services.

Severe Disability Premium

Some people receive Severe Disability Premium (SDP). This is a welfare benefit to help people with the costs of having care in their homes.

Currently, unlike other councils, we assume that at least half of the person's SDP is spent on Disability Related Expenditure (DRE) such as heating or laundry costs. Therefore when calculating charges for non-residential services, 50% of the SDP benefit is not included in the person's financial assessment.

However, experience has shown that this is not always the case, and some people will spend less than half of their SDP on helping to manage their disability.

What changes are being proposed?

For new applicants for non-residential care, we propose to carry out a financial assessment based on actual spend on their costs of disability. The automatic assumption that 50% of a person's SDP benefit goes towards disability related expenditure will be removed. This will not affect the Adult Social Care needs assessment undertaken by our social workers, who will continue to assess each individual as usual.

This approach will bring us into line with the majority of other councils.

Who would the changes affect?

The changes would affect new applicants for non-residential services from 1 October. They will not affect current users of non-residential services.

Have your say

  • Contact us if you would like a paper copy of the survey

The closing dates for comments is Sunday 26 June 2016.

What happens next?

Following the consultation all feedback will be analysed and a report will be presented to our Cabinet. This is expected in September 2016 and, if agreed, the changes would start from 1 October 2016.

Contact us
Non-residential care services consultation
03000 268 219
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