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Finding out whether your clients qualify for local authority funding is a two-stage process:
Everyone is entitled to a care needs assessment, irrespective of how much money or capital they have.
Your client will be liable to pay all of their care costs if their savings and assets are over the savings threshold for local authority funding. If your client’s income and savings are above this limit it’s still worth contacting the local authority. These are the thresholds for the tax year 2021-22:
|Part of the UK||Savings threshold for local authority funding|
|Northern Ireland||£23,250 (care at home). There is no capital limit for care in a care home|
|Scotland||£28,750 (care at home). There is no capital limit for care in a care home|
|Wales||£24,000 (care at home) or £50,000 (care in a care home)|
Sourced: 14 October 2021, View - Money Advice Service
If your client’s income and savings are below the savings threshold, they may be eligible for funding but the local authority may still expect them to contribute from any income they receive. Income contributions shouldn’t take your client's income below the weekly Personal Expenses Allowance (PEA), in Wales this is called the ‘Minimum Income amount’. This is for personal expenditure on items such as toiletries and haircuts. The weekly PEA for 2020/21 is between £24.90 and £32.00 (depending on which part of the UK you live in).
In the financial assessment, the following assets aren't included:
These are some of the assets that are excluded. Some assets are partially disregarded in calculating how care should be funded. A list of what’s included in any financial assessment can be found View - here.
Information researched and accurate as of October 2021. Not to be relied upon by advisers or their clients.
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