We can only pay up to a certain amount to support someone living in their own home.
If your social care worker thinks you need support, they will ask a trained benefits adviser to assess your finances and work out whether you should pay towards your personal budget.
For most people, the amount paid will only be a contribution towards the full cost of their support. However, if they have more than £23,250 in savings or investments (not including the value of their home), they will have to pay the full cost.
How we calculate your contribution
If you have less than £23,250 in savings or investments, the amount you will pay towards the cost of your non-residential care support is based on your weekly income and any capital you may have.
To work out the amount you will have to pay each week, we add together:
- your weekly income, such as pensions and state benefits (but not money you earn)
- a weekly charge on capital, at a rate of £1.00 a week for every £250 (or part of £250) of your savings over £14,250. This does not include the value of your home.
Then we take away allowances:
- to cover your day-to-day living expenses (the minimum income guarantee)
- for property-related household expenses
- for agreed disability related expenses - also known as disability related expenditure or DRE.
The final figure is your contribution.
You can also read our staff guidance on disability related expenditure.
You may want to complete a financial self-assessment before contacting the County Council.