Your support plan sets out how many hours of care you receive
each week - in the home or in one of our day centres, or as a direct payment. The council has
set maximum charges for each service. You will be asked to fill in a financial assessment form and we
will use this to work how much we think you should contribute.
See also: Home care
If you have savings over £23,250 you will have to pay the maximum
charges for the services you receive.
The current charges from April 2012 are:
£16.64 per hour
There is no standard charge for attending a day centre. The maximum
charge will depend on what day centre you attend, and the level of support you receive there. As a guide,
the following charges apply:
Cost per day
Transport to the day centre is charged at £2.70 per day.
In addition to this you will have to pay for meals and hot drinks
at the day centre.
Fairer Contributions Policy
Your financial assessment for non-residential services is calculated
using the Fairer Contributions Policy.
On the financial assessment form you will be asked to list all
of your savings, income and expenses so that we can work out how much you can afford to contribute towards
your home care services.
Financial assessment forms and booklets
You will need to list all your savings, such as building society
accounts, stocks and shares. If your total savings come to less than £14,250, we will not include
them when working out your contribution. Savings belonging to your partner will not be included
in our assessment (savings in joint accounts will be halved).
We will not include the value of the home you live
in when calculating your savings.
We will ask you to list your income such as;
- State Retirement Pension
- Pension Credit
- Private/ occupational pensions
- Income Support
- Attendance Allowance/ Disability Living Allowance
husband's or wife’s income will not be included in our assessment.
We want to make sure that you receive all of the
benefits you are entitled to. When we calculate your assessment we offer a free benefit check to ensure
that you receive all of the benefits you are entitled to.
We will make allowances for your bills and living expenses when
calculating your contributions. The following expenses are taken into account:
- Council tax
- Rent/ground rent
- Water rates
- Mortgage / building insurance
- Service/maintenance charges
- Disability related expenditure (e.g. Mascot / Careline charges)
you do not return a financial assessment form or you do not answer all the questions on it, you may
be charged the full cost of your services.
Disability related expenses
Disability related expenses are any expenses you may have which
you incur due to your illness or disability. This could be things such as paying for a telecare alarm,
or paying for wheelchair insurance. If you receive a disability benefit, such as Attendance Allowance
or Disability Living Allowance, and you tell us on the financial assessment form that you have disability
related expenses, we will include a standard expense rate of £10 per week. If you feel you spend more
than this on expenses related to your disability, you will need to send proof of these costs with the
on care costs from 2020
From 2020 there will be a limit on how much you
have to pay for your care. The government has delayed this from the original date of April 2016. For
more information please see Cap on Care Costs Delay (Local Government Association website)
Financial Assessments Team
Merton Civic Centre
020 8545 3076 or 020 8545 4036
Fax: 020 8545 4730