Adult Social Care Funded Support (Financial Assessment and Charging)
Social care support from the council is not automatically free, the council must consider your ability to pay for or contribute towards the costs of your support and it does does charge for care and support services (except where the law says that they cannot). You will only be asked to pay what you can afford. Sometimes you will pay the full cost and sometimes the cost will be shared between you and the council.
You will be asked to complete a 'Statement of Financial Circumstances' and provide proof of your income, savings and expenditure. You can ask us for help to complete the form, this is available by telephoning our Financial Assessment Team or, if necessary, you may be visited by a Financial Assessment Officer. Once all the relevant information is gathered we will calculate the amount, if any, of the contribution you will be required to pay towards the cost of your support.
The rules for Financial Assessment which all councils must follow, are set by the Government and are complex, they vary depending on if you are recieving support in your own home or if you are living in a care home, and there are upper and lower 'capital limits' which are set on an annual basis. You are advised to get independent legal and financial advice including welfare benefits advice in order to understand how financial assessment and charging may affect you. We have provided more information about how we calculate your contribution in our leaflets: