Adult social care fees and charges
Care & Support (Charging and Assessment of Resources) Regulations 2014
The Care Act has introduced a single legal framework for charging for care and support (section 14-17), including discretion whether to charge or not.
Where a local authority arranges care and support to meet a service users needs, it may charge the adult, except where the local authority is required to arrange care and support free of charge.
The principle is that service users should only be required to pay what they can afford. Regulations determine the maximum amount a local authority can charge.
Only in care homes, where the financial assessment identifies that a service users resources exceed the capital limits, is the local authority precluded from paying towards the costs of care.
The upper financial limit is current set at £23,250. Below this level a person can seek means-tested support from the local authority.
Where a person's resources are below the lower capital limit of £14,250 they will not need to contribute to the cost of their care and support from their capital.
The council applies a 'tariff' or graduated scale to reflect income received on capital and assets held between the upper and lower limits.
These limits are set by the Department for Work and Pensions and the Council will be notified ahead of the 1st April 2018 should these change.
Further reforms to the Adult Social Care system are expected to cap the amount some service users will pay towards their cost of care have been postponed until at least April 2020.
The council's Fairer Contributions Policy (to be updated post Care Act introduction from April 2015) sets out the policy.
This policy requires that all service users who are eligible to receive chargeable services (except Meals on Wheels) are required to go through a financial assessment process to determine their ability to pay.