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The leaders of the seven local councils, the North of Tyne Mayor and Northumbria's Police and Crime Commissioner encourage people to work together to move out of Tier 3 as quickly and as safely as possible.

Consultation on changes to financial assessments for non-residential care services

We are proposing changes in the way in which non-residential care services are financially assessed. If agreed, these changes would take effect from 1 April 2018 for new service users. We're asking for your views on these proposals and you have until Sunday 14 January to comment.


What is non-residential care?

Non-residential care includes a wide range of social care services which enable people to stay in their own homes, for example home care, day care and extra care services.

Minimum Income Guarantee

People who receive non-residential services are assessed as to the amount they have to contribute towards the cost of the services they are receiving. This assessment takes into account a number of factors. The Department of Health prescribes the minimum amount of income that a person must be left with after charging for care and support. This is called the minimum income guarantee (MIG).

What changes are being proposed?

Department of Health guidance has set the amount of income that a person should be left with after charging for non-residential care as the minimum income guarantee rate plus a buffer that is equivalent to 18.6%. Currently a rate of MIG plus 25% is used in Durham.

The proposed change may result in an increase in the amount someone has to pay towards the cost of their non-residential care, compared to the current position. Financial assessments will take into account individual circumstances, including a person's disability related expenditure. We propose to adopt the MIG plus 18.6% from 1 April 2018 for any new service users. Existing service users would not be affected.

This approach is bring us into line with the Department of Health guidelines and the changes that have already been made by a number of other councils.

Who would the changes affect?

The changes will be applied to new assessments for non-residential care services therefore those who are currently receiving these services will not be affected.

How to have your say

The closing date for comments was Sunday 14 January 2018.

What happens next?

Following the consultation all feedback will be analysed and a report will be presented to our Cabinet. This is expected to be in March 2018 and, if agreed, the changes would start from April 2018.

Contact us
Adult financial assessment consultation
03000 268 252
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