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Adult social care fees and charges

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Capital limits for care

The annual Department of Health 'Social care – charging for care and support' circular sets out each year’s capital limit. This is the limit of savings, property and other assets that a person has, above which they will be required to pay the full cost of their care (for example, they are a self-funder). The national limit for residential care is currently £23, 250, and from 1 April 2019, this limit has also been adopted by us for non-residential care services.

There are also lower limits set. If the person has:

  • Capital below £14,250 – this capital is fully disregarded
  • Capital between £14,250 and £23,250, a tariff income charge is set of: £1 per week for every £250 (or part of £250) above the £14,250 limit

Please note: the capital limits above apply to adult social care only.

Different values for capital limits and tariff income are used by the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) for certain means tested benefits such as

  • Universal Credit
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Council Tax Support

 

The personal expenses allowance (PEA)

The annual Department of Health 'Social care – charging for care and support' circular sets out the value of this allowance each year. It ensures that people in council-funded residential care are left with a minimum amount of income left after their care charges to spend as they wish on personal expenses. The basic rate is currently £24.90 per week


 

The minimum income guarantee (MIG)

The annual Department of Health 'Social care – charging for care and support' circular sets out the value of this guarantee each year. It ensures that any person who receives council-funded care in a non-residential setting has enough money left after their care charges to meet basic needs and to cover everyday living costs:

Single adults
Allowance18 – 2425 – Pension AgePension AgeLone Parent

Not entitled to any premium

£72.40

£91.40

£189.00

£91.40

Entitled to CP

£115.65

£134.65

£232.25

£134.65

Entitled to DP

£112.75

£131.75

N/A

£131.75

Entitled to DP + CP

£156.00

£175.00

N/A

£175.00

Entitled to DP + EDP

£132.45

£151.45

N/A

£151.45

Entitled to DP + EDP + CP

£175.70

£194.70

N/A

£194.70

 

Couples
AllowanceUnder Pension AgePension Age

Not entitled to any premium

£71.80

£144.30

Entitled to CP

£115.05

£187.55

Entitled to DP

£100.55

N/A

Entitled to DP + CP

£143.80

N/A

Entitled to DP + EDP

£114.70

N/A

Entitled to DP + EDP + CP

£157.95

N/A

(DP – Disability Premium. CP – Carers Premium. DP – Enhanced Disability Premium).

Children

For each child the adult is responsible for that is a member of the same household, there is an additional allowance of £83.65.


 

The savings credit disregard

The annual Department of Health 'Social care - charging for care and support' circular sets out the value of this allowance each year. It is given to people who qualify for council-funded care and who receive state savings credit. The allowance allows such people to be left with additional income over and above the PEA or the MIG after paying their care charges.

The allowance is currently up to £5.75 per week for individual supported residents and up to £8.60 per week for couples.


 

Disposable income allowance for deferred payment agreements

The Care Act 2014 states that councils must allow a client to keep a minimum amount of income each week if they enter into a deferred payment agreement with the council.

This disposable income allowance is intended to allow enough money to pay for any additional costs the client might have to continue paying for their home. The allowance is currently £144 per week.

Please note: clients may opt to keep less than this sum if they wish.


 

State age and disability benefits

Rates from 1 April 2019 are:

Rates from 1 April 2019

Allowance

Different levels (if any)

Disregard

Notes

Armed Forces Compensation Scheme (for injury, illness or death which occurs from 6 April 2005)

Range of lump sum awards and/or guaranteed income payments (payable for life). Dependent on assessed illness/injury.

Fully disregard payments to veterans under war pension scheme (except constant attendance allowance) and armed forces guaranteed income.
 

£10.00 of any sum paid to war widows and widowers is disregarded (including survivors’ guaranteed income payments, civilian war injury pension, war disablement pensions paid to non-veterans and  payments to victims of National Socialist persecution).

Ministry of Defence benefit, not Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)
 
ESA. For previous scheme, see war pensions below

Attendance allowance

Higher = £87.65 per week  

Lower = £58.70 per week

 

 

Bereavement support payment – for deaths from 6 April 2017
 
Replaces former benefits of widows' pension and bereavement benefit

Higher = £3,500 lump sum then £350 a month for up to 18 months

Standard = £2,500 lump sum then £100 a month for up to 18 months

 

The former bereavement benefit for widowed parents (for deaths up to 5 April 2017) is £119.90 per week

Carers allowance

£66.15 per week

 

 

Disability living allowance (care component)

High = £87.65 per week

Middle = £58.70 per week

Low = £23.20 per week

 

 

Disability living allowance (mobility component)

High = £61.20 per week  

Low = £23.20 per week

Fully disregarded in a financial assessment

 

 

 

Allowance  Different levels (if any)   Disregard  Notes 
Employment and support allowance (ESA)
 
Includies former benefits such as incapacity benefit, income support and severe disability allowance.

Single <25, lone parent <18 = £57.90 per week
 

Single 25+, lone parent 18+ or entitled to main phase ESA = £73.10 per week
 

Couple both <18 = £87.50 per week
 

Couple one or both 18+ OR entitled to main phase ESA = £114.85 per week
 

Dependent children = £66.90 per week
 

Single or lone parent at qualifying age for pension credit but < 65 = £167.25 per week
 

Couple one or both at qualifying age for pension credit but both < 65 = £255.25 per week
 

Single or lone parent 65+ = £181.00 per week
 

Couple – one or both 65+ = £270.60 per week

 

A range of ESA premiums and components are also paid for families, disabilities, carers, work activity and support.

Industrial death benefit

Widow’s pension higher = £129.20 per week 

Widowers pension = £129.20 per week

Widow’s pension lower = £38.76 per week

 

 

Industrial injuries disablement benefit

11 different percentage rates from £35.80 to £179.00 per week

 

 

Pension guarantee credit

Single people top up to £167.25 per week
 

Couple top up to £255.25 per week

 

Supplements exist if a carer, severely disabled or have certain housing costs

Pensions saving credit

Single people £13.72 per week
 

Couple £15.35 per week

 

 

Personal independence payment (PIP) (daily living costs component)

Enhanced = £87.65 per week

Standard = £58.70 per week

 

 

Personal independence payment (mobility component)

Enhanced = £61.20 per week

Standard = £23.20 per week

Fully disregarded in a financial assessment

 

State pension (new)

Full = £168.60 per week

 

 

State pension (old)

Full basic = £129.20 per week

 

 

Universal credit

Range of rates and supplements

 

 

War pensions scheme (for injury, illness or death which occurs before 5 April 2005) -War disablement pension, War pension mobility supplement

 

Fully disregard payments to veterans under war pension scheme (except constant attendance allowance) and armed forces guaranteed Income.

£10.00 of any sum paid to war widows and widowers is disregarded (including survivors’ guaranteed income payments, civilian war injury pension, War disablement pensions paid to non-veterans and  payments to victims of National Socialist persecution).

Ministry of Defence benefit, not DWP.

 
For new scheme, see AFCS above.

War pensions scheme = war widow(er) pension

Range of supplements

Basic = £140.60 per week

£10.00 of any sum paid to war widows and widowers is disregarded

Ministry of Defence benefit, not DWP.
 
For new scheme, see AFCS above

 


Guideline charges for services in Staffordshire

These are set out below to allow clients, relatives and social care practitioners to identify the relative costs of different care service types when planning care services. These costs are required by law to be no more than the actual cost of the service to us, not a maximum or average.

  • These rates are generally revised each April and are the rates that are paid to providers or are included in a direct payment for each type of service
      
  • These are also the rates that will be charged to clients who are assessed as liable to pay the full cost of their service, (unless there are multiple provider rates for a type of service, in which case we use the lowest rate to recharge clients) 
       
  • Many clients will pay less than this (some nothing at all) because their assessed financial contribution is less. 
      
  • The rate for some services, such as residential or nursing care, varies significantly between different providers, so cannot be listed here. The charge to clients for such services will be notified individually.

Examples of what a service might cost us and how much the client would contribute

Mrs X is assessed as able to pay (based on her income) a 'maximum charge' of £200 per week.

  • If she is allocated 10 hours of home care per week to meet her care needs, this will cost the council £164 per week (10 hours at £16.74). Mrs X’s financial contribution will be for the full cost of her service, i.e. £164 per week.
       
  • If she is allocated 15 hours of home care per week to meet her care needs, this will cost us £264 per week (15 hours at £16.74), then her financial contribution will be capped at her maximum, i.e. £200 per week, and we will fund the remaining £64 per week.

Mr Y is assessed as able to pay (based on his income) a 'maximum charge' of £75 per week

  • If he is allocated a direct payment of £20 per week, his financial contribution will be for the full cost of the direct payment.
      
  • If his direct payment is then increased to £150 per week, his financial contribution will be capped at his maximum, i.e. £75 per week, and we will fund the remaining £75 per week.

Ms Z is assessed as not liable to pay any contribution based on her income

  • Whatever service is allocated to Ms Z, she will not be asked to pay any contribution unless her income changes.
Answer:

 

Long Stay Placement Fee and Support Carers Placement Fee

  • Low Band (based on assessed needs) 
    • Guideline charge: £245.00 per week
  • Medium Band (based on assessed needs)
    • Guideline charge: £287.00 per week 
  • High Band (based on assessed needs)
    • Guideline charge: £329.00 per week

Short Breaks Placement Fee

  • Low Band (based on assessed needs)
    • Guideline charge: £329.00 per week
  • Medium Band (based on assessed needs)
    • Guideline charge: £371.00 per week
  • High Band (based on assessed needs) and Home from Hospital (all needs) 
    • Guideline charge: £413.00 per week

Day/Evening Opportunities Session Fee

  • Low Band (based on assessed needs) 
    • Guideline charge: £35.00 for 4-hour session / £63.00 for 8-hour session
  • Medium Band (based on assessed needs)
    • Guideline charge: £42.00 for 4-hour session / £77.00 for 8-hour session
  • High Band (based on assessed needs)
    • Guideline charge: £49.00 for 4-hour session / £91.00 for 8-hour session
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Residential care

  • Long-term placement 
    • Guideline charge: Individual rate depending on provider~
         
  • Short-Term/Respite (OP/PD set price, LD/MH apply the same)
    • Guideline charge: £500.000 per week 

Nursing care

  • Long-term placement
    • Guideline charge: Individual rate depending on provider
  • Short-Term/Respite (OP/PD set price, LD/MH apply the same)    
    • Guideline charge: £500.000 per week
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Reablement care provided by LIS Home First or Nexxus

  • Free service with no contributions for up to 6 weeks

After first 6 weeks

  • If the client choses to remain with these services, they would be liable for charging based on the actual cost;
    • Guideline charge: £31.24 an hour
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Care Provided at Day Centres and by Day Services

 

Guideline charge: £30.00 per day

Transport (assessed need)

 

  • Day Opportunities (Mental Health (MH), Day Services (Learning Disability (LD)
    • Guideline charge: £5 per trip 
         
  • Day Centre Block Contract (Older People (OP)   
    • Guideline charge: £5 per trip
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Home and Prison home care arranged by SCC, (including Living Independently Service (LIS) and Nexxus where used by the Council to provide maintenance home care)

  • General rate; clients with some providers may pay slightly less than this rate
    • Guideline charge: £16.74 per hour

Carer Respite delivered at home

  • Rate charged is based on the lowest provider rate
    • Guideline charge: £13.66 per hour

Allowance for home care in a Direct Payment

See Direct Payment Section Below

Communicator Guide charges

  • Specialist personal assistants
    • Guideline charge: £19.30 per hour
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Direct payment standards rates 2019/20 (From 1 April 2019)
Job role / details Payment standards rate

Personal assistant

Rate per hour, this includes:

  • Costs for payroll
       
  • Employers' National Insurance 
      
  • Annual leave for PA 
      
  • Redundancy 
      
  • 2 Weeks statutory sick pay 
      
  • Employer's liability insurance (first year is usually paid but allowances should be made to budget for this year on year)
       
  • PA wage 
       
  • Gloves or aprons if required

Also see direct payment support provider rates below. 

Up to £10.69 per hour

Domiciliary care agency allowance

Up to £16.74 per hour

Domiciliary care rural enhanced rates

Additional hourly rate - Applicable for zones 4, 5 and 7

For further information see - enhanced rates and postcodes

Up to £17.34 per hour

One to one support

Up to £14.42 per hour

Day opportunities

See table above

Communicator guides

£19.30 per hour

Mileage rate

Varied

Respite rate

See table above

 

Direct payment support provider rates
Details Payment support rates 

Employer liability insurance (maximum) per year

Initial payment can be set up as a one-off payment and renewals to be met from £10.69.
 

Where the carer and personal assistant insurance is more than £90.00 the excess will have to be paid by the direct payment recipient. After the first year, the ongoing cost of carer and personal assistant insurance will be paid by the direct payment recipient from their direct payment. carer and personal assistant insurance will generally provide:

  • Up to £5million public liability cover, including:
       
  • Protection against errors and omissions in the provision of medical treatment
       
  • Accidental damage to property 
       
  • Accidental bodily injury to any person
       
  • Legal costs and expenses incurred in defending prosecution under food, health and safety acts
       
  • Up to £10,000 personal accident cover, with hospital allowance
       
  • Indemnity to principal – this helps by ensuring that a service user, local authority, service support group, agency or other individual / organisation through which a personal assistant is contracted is also protected.

Up to £90.00 a year

Advice and guidance for personal assistant

Suitable for people who are changing from one direct payment support service to another or if the citizen has already identified the personal assistant they wish to recruit.
 

Could Include:

  • Initial home visit (check with provider that this is included).
       
  • Provide information concerning rules and guidelines surrounding the use of direct payments funding for employment of a personal assistant
       
  • Training, support and information to ensure citizen has confidence in managing direct payments and financial monitoring requirements
       
  • DBS advice and application form(additional DBS check fees apply)
       
  • Carer and personal assistant Insurance advice and application form (additional care and personal assistant insurance fees apply)
       
  • Provision of sample employment contract, and assistance to complete
       
  • Support to establish payroll requirements
       
  • Support to establish a costing for care package within funding available (including establishing appropriate hourly rates for staff)
       
  • Advice on how to be a good employer, including advice on probationary periods, supervision, discipline, grievance and termination of contracts

£150.00

Specialist recruitment fee (on request)
 

Could Include:

  • Everything listed at £150 fee
       
  • Basic recruitment advice and information
       
  • Support to source and recruit personal assistants (one recruitment event, for as many personal assistants needed)
       
  • Assistance to develop job descriptions and personal specifications, personalised to individual needs 
       
  • Advice and information on the taking up of applicant references
       
  • Support with offer letters to successful candidates

Up to £250

Recruitment not linked to initial package set up

 

For example, if the pesonal assistant leaves. this is only to fund an interview panel, or the cost of advertising if they have problems with recruitment.
 

Support to source and recruit personal assistants (one recruitment event, for as many personal assistants needed)

  • Assistance to develop job descriptions and personal specifications, personalised to individual needs
       
  • Provision of sample employment contract, and assistance to complete 
       
  • DBS advice and application form (additional DBS check fees apply) 
       
  • Advice and information on the taking up of applicant 
       
  • References 
       
  • Support with offer letters to successful candidates 
       
  • Carer and Personal Assistant Insurance advice and application form (additional Care and Personal Assistant Insurance fees apply) 
       
  • Support to establish payroll requirements 
       
  • Support to establish a costing for care package within funding available (including establishing appropriate hourly rates for staff) 
       
  • Advice on how to be a good employer, including advice on probationary periods, supervision, discipline, grievance and termination of contracts

Up to £150

DBS (on request)

£63.20

Payroll

Four-weekly payroll runs Includes auto-enrolment of staff

Up to £10.00 per 4 weeks

 + £1.00 per week for each additional employee

Additional support for any of the above services

Up to £17.00 per hour

Managed account fee

This is where the direct payment support provider is managing the direct payment. 

This is for money management only and does not include ongoing support, which may also be required subject to assessment of need

  • Receive invoices for payment 
       
  • Check income and expenditure 
        
  • Produce monthly accounts for citizens when requested to do so 
       
  • Complete quarterly returns 
       
  • Liaise with citizen to set up payments of personal contribution 
       
  • Pay personal assistants

Up to £3.15 per week

Advice and guidance for personal assistant

Suitable for people who are changing from one direct payment support service to another or if the citizen has already identified the personal assistant they wish to recruit.
 

Could Include:

  • Initial home visit (check with provider that this is included)  
  • Provide information concerning rules and guidelines surrounding the use of direct payments funding for employment of a personal assistant 
       
  • Training, support and information to ensure citizen has confidence in managing direct payments and financial monitoring requirements 
       
  • DBS advice and application form (additional DBS check fees apply) 
       
  • Carer and personal assistant insurance advice and application form (additional care and personal assistant Insurance fees apply) 
       
  • Provision of sample employment contract, and assistance to complete 
       
  • Support to establish payroll requirements 
       
  • Support to establish a costing for care package within funding available (including establishing appropriate hourly rates for staff) 
        
  • Advice on how to be a good employer, including advice on probationary periods, supervision, discipline, grievance and termination of contracts

£150.00

Specialist Recruitment Fee (on request)

Could Include:

  • Everything listed at £150 fee 
       
  • Basic recruitment advice and information 
       
  • Support to source and recruit personal assistants (one recruitment event, for as many personal assistants needed) 
       
  • Assistance to develop job descriptions and personal specifications, personalised to individual needs 
       
  • Advice and information on the taking up of applicant references 
       
  • Support with offer letters to successful candidates

Up to £250.00

Recruitment not linked to initial package set up
 

For example, if your personal assistant leaves. This is only to fund an interview panel, or the cost of advertising if they have problems with recruitment.
 

Support to source and recruit personal assistants (one recruitment event, for as many personal assistants needed)

  • Assistance to develop job descriptions and personal specifications, personalised to individual needs 
       
  • Provision of sample employment contract, and assistance to complete 
       
  • DBS advice and application form (additional DBS check fees apply) 
       
  • Advice and information on the taking up of applicant 
       
  • References 
      
  • Support with offer letters to successful candidates

  • Carer and Personal Assistant Insurance advice and application form (additional Care and Personal Assistant Insurance fees apply)
       
  • Support to establish payroll requirements 
       
  • Support to establish a costing for care package within funding available(including establishing appropriate hourly rates for staff) 
       
  • Advice on how to be a good employer, including advice on probationary periods, supervision, discipline, grievance and termination of contracts

Up to £150

DBS (on request)

£63.20

Payroll

Four-weekly payroll runs

Includes auto-enrolment of staff

Up to £10.00 per 4 weeks

+ £1.00 per week for each additional employee

Additional support for any of the above services

Up to £17.00 per hour

Managed account fee - weekly cost

This is where the direct payment support provider is managing the direct payment. This is for money management only and does not include ongoing support, which may also be required subject to assessment of need.

  • Receive invoices for payment
      
  • Check income and expenditure
       
  • Produce monthly accounts for citizens when requested to do so
      
  • Complete quarterly returns
       
  • Liaise with citizen to set up payments of personal contribution
       
  • Pay personal assistants

Up to £3.15 per week


Administration fees to cover our costs

These apply where we have:

  • commissioned a service which includes the provision of meals to a client. This is not a care need and so the cost is rechargeable in full over and above any assessed charge the client must pay. The current rate is £4.75 per day.
  • agreed to arrange a non-residential service on behalf of a client who is a self-funder and does not have the capacity to arrange it themselves (the council has chosen not to offer an arrangement service for residential care, and is not permitted in law to charge for this anyway).
  • arranged a deferred payment agreement with a client in residential care.
  • agreed to manage a client’s benefits through an appointeeship. 

These administration fees represent the actual cost to the council of delivering the service. The rates are: 

Administrative fees and charges
Arrangement fees - for us to arrange non-residential services to people who are 'self-funders' 

Administration set-up fee of £182.00 to cover as appropriate the costs of identifying appropriate providers of care and support, negotiating rates and times for care to be delivered, putting contracts into place with the providers, and setting up payment methods for the person to pay these care costs. This is a lump sum fee for service set-up, so may be charged more than once if the client asks for;

  • a substantive change of care
  • a change of service provider

The fee will not be charged again if;

  • Staffordshire County Council changes the provider because of contract changes or provider failure
  • The level of service provided to the client changes because of a revised assessment of their needs
  • The client has a short break in service due to holidays or a hospital stay and then resumes service with the same provider afterwards

From 1 October 2019 the administration fee will increase from £182 to £400.

   

Annual administration fee to cover a proportion of the costs of paying the provider for the care and support services, dealing with any queries relating to services, monitoring services to ensure providers are providing the support agreed and invoicing people for the cost of their care including our administration fees. This will be charged from the day service(s) start on a weekly basis of £1.25 per week (equivalent to £65.00 a year) and will be added to the regular bills sent to the client for the service costs.

We have also recently reviewed the actual cost that we incur in arranging your care and it has been identified that the actual cost is £3.50 per week. From 1 October 2019, we are required to increase the administration fee we charge you to cover our costs.

The increase in administration fees will be phased over three years and are summarised in the table below:

 
Period  Weekly administration fee  Annual Charge 

1 July 2019 - 30 September 2019

£1.25 

£96.20  

1 October 2019 - 30 June 2020

£2.05 

£96.20  

1 July 2020 - 30 June 2021

£2.85

£148.20

1 July 2021

£3.50

£182.00

 DPA fees

  • Set-up and administration: £165.00  
       
  • Valuation fees undertaken by our property services team: £75.00
       
  • First registration of properties with unregistered title: we expect citizens to arrange this with their solicitors, but if we become obliged to do this then there will be additional land registry fees at actual cost and an administrative charge of £300.00
       
  • Perfecting security where the security offered is a first legal charge: £212.00
       
  • Perfecting security where there are existing mortgages: £312.00  
       
  • Removing a charge against a property: £200.00
        
  • Letter of undertaking from solicitors pending a sale: £100.00 plus interest
       
  • Financial assistance being provided pending legal representative being in place, e.g. deputyship order: £165 plus interest
       
  • Short term unsecured financial assistance pending property sale: £165 plus interest

 

Guideline allowances for disability related expenditure

When conducting a financial assessment, we choose to consider any disability benefits the client receives when assessing their ability to pay. We are required by the Care Act to consider including offsetting allowances for any additional expenditure that arises from that disability. The allowance made by us is based on a banded sum linked to the level of DWP disability benefits granted to the client.

The current values of these allowances are:

  • £10.00 per week for lowest DWP benefit rate
  • £15.00 per week for medium rate
  • £25.00 for the highest DWP rate

 

References

  • The Care Act 2014 and associated regulations, Care and Support (Charging and Assessment of Resources) Regulations 2014, the Care and Support and Aftercare (Choice of Accommodation) Regulations 2014 and the Care and Support (Deferred Payment) Regulations
       
  • Annual Department of Health document – current is: 'Social care - charging for care and support. Local authority circular – LAC(DHSC) (2019)1' - View on Direct Gov.  
        
  • Adult social care policy statements (external link to a PDF document).

Further information

  • Department of Health - copies of the relevant statutory documents are available on the Department of Health website. Alternatively, you can call them on 020 7210 4850 (national call rate).
      
  • Age UK (Previously Age Concern and Help the Aged) - visit the Age UK website or call Age UK Advice on 0800 169 65 65 (free call). There are also local branches of Age UK in Burton, Hanley, Penkridge, Stafford and Stone. Their addresses and telephone numbers are in the telephone directory.
       
  • Citizens Advice - There is a national network of free advice centres. Their addresses and telephone numbers are in the telephone directory or on their web site
    .
  • Carers UK - A national charity working on behalf of carers, offering a wide range of information on carers’ rights and sources of help and contact details for local carers’ support groups. Phone: 0808 808 7777 (free call).

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