Paying for your care
Following your care assessment, you may need to access community based services. These services may include social groups or activities at your local Community Wellbeing Hub, support and assistance in your home or a day care service at a local residential home.
You may be entitled to financial help from North Lincolnshire Council to help you pay for these services. You will need to have a financial assessment first, which you can find more information about on the how much will I pay for my care web page.
North Lincolnshire Council's charging policy is based on the requirements of the Care Act 2014.
If you are eligible for financial help from the council, you will receive a Personal Budget. This will be made up of money from the council and, if you are required to contribute, a portion of money from yourself. You will then use this money to pay for your community based services.
How will you work out my contribution?
The details you provide about your income, capital and savings are used in your financial assessment to calculate your 'assessed contribution' which is the amount you must pay each week towards the cost of your support. Your assessed contribution depends on your personal circumstances and may be anything from nil up to the full cost of the service.
If you have savings over £23,250, you will not be eligible for financial support from the council and will need to pay the full cost yourself.
When you complete your Customer Financial Statement, the coouncil will:
- offer you a benefit check to ensure you are receiving the correct benefits.
- work out your assessed contribution based on the information you supply.
- consider any additional costs you may have due to your disability, known as 'Disability Related Expenditure disregards'. You can read more about Disability Expenditure disregards on the how much will I pay for my care page.
Most types of income will be taken into account and included in the financial assessment calculation. However, there are some types of income that will be ignored in full or part. These are:
- the mobility component of Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment
- any (employed and self employed) earnings
- war pension
- any benefits paid to your children
- any benefits paid solely to your partner
- Housing Benefit and Council Tax Reduction
The assessment will ignore the first £14,250 of your savings. If you have savings over £14,250 but below £23,250, it will assume a weekly 'tariff income' of £1 for every £250 over the limit.
From your income, capital and savings, will be deducted the appropriate amount of Income Support plus a further 25 per cent. This amount varies between individuals depending on your age, marital status and level of disability.
Next deducted are any Disability Related Expenditure disregards to which you are entitled.
Your weekly contribution will then be based on the remaining income.
A breakdown of this calculation will be sent to you when you are notified of your contribution.
For more detailed information on how your contribution is calculated read the Paying for your care at home or in the community leaflet [PDF, 306Kb].
How do I pay for my community based services?
To give you choice and control with your Personal Budget you can receive it as a Direct Payment. The council will pay it's contribution on to a pre-paid card. You then top it up with your contribution. By receiving your Personal Budget this way it enables you to spend the money however you want, as long as it meets the needs and services stated in your care assessment.
You can find out more about Direct Payments on the Personal Budgets page.
If you do not want to receive your Personal Budget by Direct Payment, there are other ways you can receive it. You can find information on the other ways of receiving your Personal Budget on the Personal Budgets page.
Existing customers (prior to 10 April 2017) will receive an individual communication in respect of their contribution.