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Dear Warwickshire County 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

 
Information request
Our reference: 2186228

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Dear Mr Burnip
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Thank you for your request for information that was received on 2 February
2017.
 
We are dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 and we aim to send a response by 2 March 2017.
 
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Jonathan Sheward
Information Rights Officer

Information Management
Warwickshire County Council
Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4RL
Tel: 01926 418633

 

 
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Information request
Our reference: 2186228

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Dear Mr Burnip,
 
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST

Your request for information has been considered by Warwickshire County
Council under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  

You asked us:

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

Please see the attached documant "Policy on Charging for Community Care
Services"

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

Please see the attached documant "Policy on Charging for Community Care
Services"

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

Please see the attached documant "Policy on Charging for Community Care
Services"

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

No - Warwickshire County Council does not currently offer pre-payment
cards.

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. 

Yes. Please see the attached document "DirectPaymentsCareActFullGuidance"
and page 7 (section 4) of the attached agreement document "blpbagreement".

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

Please see the attached documents "DirectPaymentsCareActFullGuidance" and
"blpbagreement"

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

No policy - guidance is given on contingency planning.

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? 

Yes - ad hoc as requested if there are no surplus funds to support this.

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 

 Taken from the total £11.78* (see below)
- Statutory paid holidays 

Taken from the total £11.78* (see below)
- Payroll charges 

Invoiced to the Council

- Independent living insurance 

One off cost, then accrues throughout the year from the £11.78* (see
below)
- Advertising 

Additional as reqeusted

- National Minimum Wage increase from April 2016 

Taken from the total £11.78* (see below)

- Redundancy payments 

Taken from the total £11.78* (see below)
- Pensions 

Additional cost on request for individuals opting in
- Training 

Taken from the total £11.78* (see below)
- Contingency funding

Taken from the total £11.78* (see below)

* £11.78 is the gross hourly rate Direct Payments rate paid to a customer
who employ's a personal assistant . This is inclusive of all employer
costs with a top up provision where required for the minimum pension
employer liability to be paid when a personal assistant opts into a
pension scheme. 

You have the right to request that the County Council carry out an
internal review if you are not satisfied with the way your request was
dealt with or wish to appeal the decision.  A request for an internal
review should be made in writing and addressed to me at the address:

Information Management
Warwickshire County Council
Information Management
Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4RL

 All requests for an internal review will be dealt with under the County
Council’s internal review procedure.

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the internal review you may
appeal to the Information Commissioner’s Office, at the following address:

FOI Compliance Team (complaints)
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Tel: 0303 123 1113

 

Yours sincerely

Jonathan Sheward

Information Rights Officer
Information Management
Warwickshire County Council
Shire Hall
Warwick
CV34 4RL

Tel: 01926 418633
E-mail: [email address]

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