Care Charging

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Dear Westminster 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

Westminster City Council

Information request
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Information request
Our reference: 3160235

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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.
 
Request summary
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
 
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Westminster City Council
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Stephen Murphy, Westminster City Council

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Dear ‎Mr Burnip‏
 
Freedom of Information Act 2000
 
Please accept my apologies for the delay in responding to your recent
request, which had got stuck within our systems.

I can confirm that the information requested is held by Westminster City
Council. I have detailed below the information that is being released to
you.
1. How do you calculate the level of contribution that adult social care
recipients should make to their care packages?

Contributions are calculated in accordance with Fairer Contribution
Guidance.

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

This varies as it is based on a calculation of the Net Assessable Income
less the Assessed Contribution. It will not be below the Minimum Income
Guarantee plus 25% buffer as per the Fairer Charging Guidance.

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

Please see the link below to our customer information listing the items
allowed as DRE. It also contains  answers to your other questions on
Financial Assessment.

[1]http://www.peoplefirstinfo.org.uk/media/...

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

Pre-paid cards are available as an option for DP users.

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, there are some restrictions. Customers cannot spend their Personal
Budgets and Direct Payments on:

- Long term residential care
- Support that the NHS would Fund
- Food, and purchasing food or drink while out
- A service that doesn’t meet customer’s needs
- Cleaning materials and products
- Household bills
- A family member who lives with customers to help, nless this has been
agreed in their care and support plan. 

We do have a Direct Payments and Personal Budgets guide, but his document
is currently in the process of being updated to include information on
Pre-paid cards. 

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

All of the guidance used to make decisions on Direct Payment packages
is located within our internal Systems Operating Procedures, a copy of
which is attached (please note that this is a dynamic on line document
subject to change).

The allocated worker has a discussion with customers/their family/circle
of support and carers about Direct Payments, and provides them with
detailed information which promotes personalisation and offers our
customers choice and control. However, Direct Payments may not be a
suitable option for everyone.

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

There is no specific policy as each service users Direct Payment is
individually reviewed. Any contingency balance accrued will be discussed
in relation to the support plan and where it is agreed this is not needed,
the surplus money is returned.

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?

No

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

The individual budget is an inclusive amount designed to meet a service
users assessed care needs including any supplementary costs as detailed in
the question.

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
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Information Management Team
Westminster City Hall
10th Floor East
64 Victoria Street
London
SW1E 6QP
[email address
 
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Wilmslow
Cheshire
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I will now close your request as of this date.
 

Yours sincerely
 
‎Stephen Murphy‏
 
 
Stephen Murphy
Westminster City Council
Email: [email address]
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