Adult Social Care

Current Consultations

Possible changes to non-residential care charging

Start of consultation: 16 August 2017.

End of consultation: Midnight, 16 October 2017. Please note: The council will make their decision soon after this date.

Introduction:

The Isle of Wight Council is asking for people’s views on changing its Non-Residential Care Charging Policy for people who receive adult social care. We are considering including disability benefit income at the higher or enhanced rate as part of the financial means test when we levy charges on people.

The disability related benefits are the higher rate of:

  • Attendance Allowance (AA)
  • Disability Living Allowance (DLA)
  • Personal Independence Payments (PIP)

The proposed changes are being considered to ensure everybody who receives disability benefit income is treated equally and has the full amount of these benefits included as part of their income calculation in this means test. The proposals seek to ensure that all income is taken into account for those people who receive these benefits. This is a change in the current arrangements where the income from these benefits is assumed to be at the lower rates only – regardless of whether or not the person receives the higher rates.

Currently, people who receive these benefits at the higher or enhanced rate have the difference between the lower and higher rates effectively ignored for purposes of means testing for adult social care. By way of contrast, those people who receive the lower, middle or standard rates of these benefits have all this income taken into consideration in the means test.

The proposal will also assist the IW Council in meeting its savings targets. Adult Social Care must save £4.5 million in 2018/19.

This is a significant financial impact on the council as it must ensure that there is sufficient money available to meet the needs of people who are or will become eligible for care support.

A recent review of how 52 other local authorities treat disability related benefits shows that 22 include these benefits at the higher rate as part of their financial assessment.

The difference between higher / enhanced and lower, middle or standard rate of payment is £27.45 per week. Examples of how this proposal may affect a person’s charges are shown on the council’s website iwight.com. You can see these examples by clicking here.

The council thinks it is important you know that:

  • The proposal is in line with the provisions of the Care Act 2014;Current council policy has chosen not to include these benefit payments at the higher rate;
  • The mobility component part of DLA and mobility part of PIP will not be included in your financial assessment;
  • The council will continue to make sure that all eligible disability costs that a person may have (for example extra help for shopping, laundry, cleaning, prescriptions and higher fuel costs) are taken into account as part of how your charge is calculated. This is called Disability Related Expenditure;
  • The council will also make sure that everyone has an allowance made in their financial assessment to meet their everyday living costs. The weekly allowance is set by the Department of Health and covers food, heating and standard living costs;
  • Services provided directly to carers will continue to be non-chargeable. It would only be the charge made for services to the cared for person which would be affected by these proposals.

 

To take part in the 'Possible changes to non-residential care charging' Consultation, please visit the survey by clicking here.