Consultation on Disability Related Expenditure
This consultation closed on 4 September 2017. Thank you to everyone who took part.
The consultation related to the council’s Fairer Contribution policy with regard to disability related expenditure, which states:
In order to ensure that the assessment is not unduly complex, 65% of disability benefits (Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment and other analogous benefits) will be disregarded as an allowance for disability and age related expenditure. It is envisaged that this disregard will be generous enough to cover the majority of the service users (Section 6.4.1).
A copy of the old policy is available here: Fairer Contributions Policy (PDF, 77KB).
The new policy is here: Fairer Charging Policy (PDF 129 kB)
What is disability related expenditure?
When you pay for your non-residential community care services, we look at what you can afford to pay. Some people have to spend more money because of their disability, illness or age. We call this disability related expenditure. Examples include:
- Additional costs of a special diet
- Paying for your bedding to be washed more often because of incontinence
What is being proposed?
We are proposing a change to this aspect of the policy by reducing the standard disability related expenditure disregard used to calculate the contributions residents pay towards the cost of their non-residential community care services, such as home care and day care.
The proposal seeks to bring the disregard for disability related expenditure in line with other London Boroughs by April 2019. This would result in an increase of £14 per week in your contribution towards the cost of your care by April 2019.
The council is having to make vital savings due to significant reductions in its budgets. The current standard disability related expenditure disregard of income has been in place since April 2011 and is more favourable than other London boroughs.
What is currently offered?
The council currently has chosen to disregard a fixed proportion of 65% of disability benefits as an allowance for disability and age related expenditure.
What will change?
The proposed amendment to the Fairer Contributions policy reduces the fixed disregard from 65% of disability benefits included in financial assessments:
- to 55% from 1 December 2017
- to 45% from April 2018, and
- to 40% from April 2019
This change will result in an increase in charges from December 2017 for service users who are currently making a contribution and have a disability related expenditure disregard included in their financial assessments.
In addition, when the disability related expenditure disregard reduces to 40% from April 2019, this will result in some service users who are currently assessed not to contribute having to make a small contribution.
|We will consider your responses to the proposal in the consultation paper.||September 2017|
|We will prepare a report to council’s Cabinet on the outcome of the consultation and with recommendations on the proposals. Cabinet will make a final decision on the proposals.||October 2017|
|Cabinet decision on the proposals will be published||November 2017|