Dear Wakefield City 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

freedomofinformation, Wakefield City Council

Dear Mr Burnip,

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Information Governance Officer
Corporate Information Governance Team,
City Solicitor’s Office.
Wakefield MDC, County Hall, Wakefield WF1 2QW
Email: [Wakefield City Council request email]
Tel: 01924 306112

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freedomofinformation, Wakefield City Council

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Dear Mr Burnip,

Freedom of Information Act 2000 - Request for Information

I am writing in respect of your recent enquiry for information held by the Authority under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

Please find the response to your request below.

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

The means tested financial assessment is conducted in line with the Care Act statutory guidance. Minimum income rates (plus 25% buffer) based on age, DRE and housing costs are deducted from assessable income and capital to arrive at an amount that is then rounded down to the nearest pound. This is the maximum that someone would contribute towards care. This figure is compared against the cost of care and the lower of the two is paid by the service user for their care.

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

Government set minimum income rates based on age plus a 25% buffer.

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

We have a flat rate weekly allowance of £16. If this is not sufficient then a bespoke assessment is completed. Items that can be included but not restricted to, include heating costs over and above 'standard', water allowance if additional washing / cleaning required, non-commissioned essential care, purchase and maintenance of disability aids including stair lifts, powered wheelchairs etc. and dietary needs. Please note these should be evidenced in the care plan and deemed both essential and necessary in respect of the disability. Furthermore only costs incurred in excess of a 'standard' household would be allowable.

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

No

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.

Personal Budgets and Direct Payments must be spent in line with an agreed Care & Support Plan. The Care & support Plan is a summary of the care assessment, and details how the outcomes of individuals will be met. See guidance in attachment.

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

See attached.

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

No

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?

SSP is refunded to the employer on a case by case basis.

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 - 13.8%

• Statutory paid holidays - 5.6. weeks

• Payroll charges - Not included in the hourly rate as it is paid direct to the provider by Wakefield Council

• Independent living insurance - Not included in the hourly rate as it is a one off payments paid at the outset and then annually if required i.e. surplus may be used if built up in the account over the previous year

• Advertising - Not included in the hourly rate - Paid on a case by case basis

• National Minimum Wage increase from April 2016 - £7.20 per hour

• Redundancy payments - This is claimed via Employers Liability Insurance

• Pensions - Not included in the hourly rate as paid on a case by case basis

• Training - up to 3 days training are allowed each year

• Contingency funding - Not included in hourly rate

Yours sincerely

Senior Information Governance Officer
Information Governance Team
City Solicitor’s Office
Wakefield MDC
Tel: 01924 306112
Email: [Wakefield City Council request email]

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