Fairer Contributions Financial Assessment for Personal Budgets/Supported Living
What information do I need to give in a financial assessment?
Someone from our Assessment and Benefits Team will contact you and you'll need to complete a form and provide photocopies of the following information, where applicable:
Income and savings
- Statements of all bank accounts – including current, savings, ISAs – for the last 6 months
- Any other investments - for example, shares, bonds, premium bonds
- Award letter from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) showing breakdown of income received - for example, State Retirement Pension, Pension Credit
- Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance, Employment Support Allowance
- Correspondence about any other income - for example, private or occupational pensions
Please note: If you are one of a couple we can carry out either a single or a joint assessment to calculate what's best for you, in terms of how much you may have to pay.
- Evidence of your own income and savings, together with any joint savings you may have.
- Evidence of all income and savings for both of you.
- Details of any housing costs - for example, rent/mortgage/council tax payments.
- Disability Related Expenditure (DRE) – where you incur additional expenditure due to your disability.
Please note: We can take DRE into account only if it was accepted in your care assessment as necessary, the costs are reasonable and you can provide receipts or other evidence. (We recognise that some expenditure cannot be evidenced with receipts - for example, additional laundry costs and wear and tear on clothing). The total we take into account cannot exceed the amount of disability care benefit you receive.
- Ownership documents for any property or land you own other than the property you currently live in.
- If someone acts for you as Appointee with the Department for Work and Pensions, as Attorney with Lasting Power of Attorney or as Deputy under Court of Protection – a copy of the relevant document.
If you prefer not to disclose any information about your income, savings or assets, you'll be asked to sign a declaration stating that you agree to pay for all care services in full.
Failure to return the completed financial assessment form and supporting documents within 2 weeks of the date on the accompanying letter may result in you being charged the full cost of your care services.
Paying for non-residential care and residential care - what's the difference?
- For non-residential care, the value of the home you live in is not taken into account when working out how much you'll need to pay for services - more about paying for non-residential care
- For residential care, any property you own will normally be taken into account and included as one of your capital assets - more about paying for residential care
What happens after a financial assessment?
If you're eligible, we'll tell you how much the council will pay towards the cost of your care and support and how much you must pay yourself. Some people might not need to contribute anything. If you're entitled to a financial contribution from us, we'll provide it through a personal budget.