Care Charging

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Dear Stockton on Tees Council,

Please answer the following questions, or as many as is possible within time & cost parameters starting at #1.
1. How do you calculate the level of contribution that adult social care recipients should make to their care packages?
2. What income are social care recipients allowed to retain, after their contribution to their care package has been deducted?
3. What do you allow as Disability Related Expenses? Please provide a copy of your guidance if this is easier.
4. Do you use pre-payment cards for care payments? If yes can people opt out of using these?
5. Are there any restrictions on what Personal Budgets and Direct Payments can be spent on? Please provide a copy of your guidance on this.
6. Please provide a copy of the guidance document that your authority uses to make decisions on Direct Payment packages.
7. Do you have a contingency policy for DP users. If yes please attach a copy.
8. If a PA is off work sick do you provide extra funding to cover their sick pay – as individual employers can no longer get statutory sick pay reimbursed?
9. "What percentage of Direct Payments rates, that are paid to adults who directly employ their own PAs, are allowed to be spent on the following additional expenses?"
• National insurance employer contributions
• Statutory paid holidays
• Payroll charges
• Independent living insurance
• Advertising
• National Minimum Wage increase from April 2016
• Redundancy payments
• Pensions
• Training
• Contingency funding

Yours faithfully,

Ian Burnip

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Dear Ian Burnip

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Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council
Municipal Buildings, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LD
(01642) 527455
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www.stockton.gov.uk

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Dear Ian Burnip

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Ref: 2311/1617

 

Thank you for your correspondence received on 02 February 2017. In
response to your request I can now provide the following information. 

 

Q1. How do you calculate the level of contribution that adult social care
recipients should make to their care packages

A1. This is calculated via a means tested financial assessment in
accordance with the charging regulations from the Care Act and based on
local charging policy.

 

Q2. What income are social care recipients allowed to retain, after their
contribution to their care package has been deducted

A2. This is based on charging policy regulations, which is income
disregarded as standard minimum income disregard plus 25% , DLA mobility
allowance, then any other disregards applicable to own circumstances.

 

Q3. What do you allow as Disability Related Expenses? Please provide a
copy of your guidance if this is easier.

A3. This is based on Care Act Charging Regulation guidance and DRE
guidance . All items are considered if they are fair, reasonable ,
evidenced, in payment and are evidenced in care needs assessment and care
and support pan.

 

Q4. Do you use pre-payment cards for care payments? If yes can people opt
out of using these:

A4. We are currently in the process of implementation but they are not in
use at present

 

Q5. Are there any restrictions on what Personal Budgets and Direct
Payments can be spent on? Please provide a copy of your guidance on this.

A5. Anything that meets the need so long as it is not illegal.  It needs
to be demonstrated that it meets the eligible need and we wouldn’t provide
things that are available from other sources

 

Q6. Please provide a copy of the guidance document that your authority
uses to make decisions on Direct Payment packages.

A6. No written guidance on this.

 

Q7. Do you have a contingency policy for DP users. If yes please attach a
copy.

A7.No policy, if this refers to contingency plans these are agreed
individually with clients.

 

Q8. If a PA is off work sick do you provide extra funding to cover their
sick pay – as individual employers can no longer get statutory sick pay
reimbursed

A8. No

 

Q9. "What percentage of Direct Payments rates, that are paid to adults who
directly employ their own PAs, are allowed to be spent on the following
additional expenses?"

i) National insurance employer contributions

Ai)Yes

ii)Statutory paid holidays

Aii)Yes

iii) Payroll charges

Aiii)No charges

iv)Independent living insurance

Aiv)No

v)Advertising

Av)Paid by the Council

vi)National Minimum Wage increase from April 2016

Avi)Covered by the Council

vii) Redundancy payments

Avii)Covered by the Council

viii) Pensions

Aviii)Covered by the Council

ix)Training

Aix)Covered by the Council

x)Contingency funding

Ax)Covered by the Council within the agreement of packages

 

If you have any queries or concerns please contact me in the first
instance.

 

However, if you are unhappy with the way your request for information has
been handled, you can submit a complaint to [1][Stockton on Tees Council request email] 

 

If, after your complaint has been determined, you remain dissatisfied with
the handling of your request or complaint, you have a right to appeal to
the Information Commissioner at:

 

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), Wycliffe House, Water Lane,
Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.  Telephone: 0303 123 1113  Website:
[2]www.ico.org.uk. 

The ICO does not make a charge for an appeal.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Helen Hodgson

Customer Relations and Information Governance Assistant

 

Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council

Municipal Buildings, Church Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 1LD

(01642) 527455

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[4]www.stockton.gov.uk

 

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