You may have to pay for any care services you receive. The amount you pay will depend on your circumstances, some people may qualify for financial assistance towards the cost of their care while others will pay for their care from their savings and income.

How we work out how much you pay

You need to complete an application for financial assistance, providing information about all your income, capital and some expenses.

If you have savings and property:

  • over £23,250: You will pay the full costs of your care.
  • between £14,250 and £23,250: You may have something to pay towards the cost of your care. The amount you will have to pay is based on your weekly income, some outgoings and any capital above £14,250. £1 per week for every £250 you have over £14,250 will be counted as income. The council may also contribute towards the cost of your care.
  • Under £14,250: You may have to pay towards the cost of your care. The amount you will have to pay is based on your weekly income and some outgoings. The council may also contribute towards the cost of your care.

Information needed to complete a financial assessment

Capital

This includes money in or from the following:

  • Bank and savings accounts
  • Stocks and shares
  • Investments
  • Other properties where you are the sole named owner

You will need to specify whether these are yours or shared with someone else, as only your share is taken into account.

Income

This includes information about your wage/salary. You will also be asked about benefits to which you are entitled even if you have not claimed them.

These include:

  • Employment support allowance
  • Job seekers allowance
  • Incapacity benefit
  • War pension (can be widow’s pension)
  • Private works pension
  • War special payment (extra payment sometimes made to war widows)
  • Child benefit
  • Earnings from paid employment
  • Carer’s allowance
  • Weekly severe disability premium
  • Weekly attendance allowance / DLA care
  • Weekly mobility allowance
  • Total household guarantee credit (pension top up for low income support)
  • Total household savings credit (pension top up reward for people who saved for retirement)
  • Any other income

Expenses

  • Council tax
  • Court ordered payments (E.g. child support)
  • Rent
  • Mortgage
  • Water rates
  • Home contents insurance
  • Ground rent

Find out if, or how much, you will have to pay towards the cost of your care

If you think you need help from social care services, use this Care Financial Assistance - mini assessment to find out if, or how much, you will have to pay towards the cost of your care.

Clock Completing this form takes around 20 minutes

Paperclip To complete this form you will need information about your income, capital and expenses. Please read the "Information you will need to complete your assessment" above.

Phone For assisted support completing this form please call 01484 414933 and quote "Mini Finanacial Assessment"

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After you've completed the form

You will get an early indication of how much you will pay towards non-residential care and respite care.

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