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Care costs and deliberate deprivation of assets

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Dear Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council,

I am interested in the how you are using deprivation of assets powers (as provided in Regulation 22(1) of the Care and Support (Charging and Assessment of Resources) Regulations 2014) in relation to financial assessments for care costs. Please provide responses to all of the following questions. If that is not possible within the limits of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 or because you do not hold the specific data requested, then please still provide all possible answers.

(1) For each of the last five years, how many financial assessments have you undertaken in relation to care costs?

(2) For each of the last five years, what is the average time taken to conclude financial assessments?

(3) For each of the last five years, in how many financial assessments did you conclude there had been a deliberate deprivation of assets?

(4) For each of the last five years, what is the overall sum you have recovered through identifying deliberately deprived assets?

(5) Do all of your communicated decisions regarding financial assessments inform the applicant of: (a) any right of appeal or review; and (b) their right to contact the Local Government Ombudsman?

(6) For each of the last five years, how many appeals have there been from financial assessment decisions?

(7) Please can you provide any internal training materials used which relate to deliberate deprivation of assets?

Best wishes,

Joe

FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Sir/Madam,

Thank you for your request for information ( FOI 5475302 ) submitted under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 which has been given the above mentioned reference number. Please quote this on any correspondence regarding your request.

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Yours sincerely,

Paul Metcalf
Information Governance Officer
I: Stockport Council | 1st Floor South Stopford House | Stockport | SK1 3XE
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FOI Officer, Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Tomlinson,

 

I am writing in response to your request for information (ref FOI
5475302).

 

The relevant Council Service(s) has searched for the requested information
and our response is as follows.

                                  

I am interested in the how you are using deprivation of assets powers (as
provided in Regulation 22(1) of the Care and Support (Charging and
Assessment of Resources) Regulations 2014) in relation to financial
assessments for care costs. Please provide responses to all of the
following questions. If that is not possible within the limits of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 or because you do not hold the specific
data requested, then please still provide all possible answers.

 

(1) For each of the last five years, how many financial assessments have
you undertaken in relation to care costs?

 

2014       7984

2015       8824

2016       5100

2017       5193

2018       10611

2019       7564

 

(2) For each of the last five years, what is the average time taken to
conclude financial assessments? –     The council does not record this
information.

 

(3) For each of the last five years, in how many financial assessments did
you conclude there had been a deliberate deprivation of assets? –   The
council does not record this information.

 

(4) For each of the last five years, what is the overall sum you have
recovered through identifying deliberately deprived assets? –     The
council does not record this information.

 

(5) Do all of your communicated decisions regarding financial assessments
inform the applicant of: (a) any right of appeal or review; and (b) their
right to contact the Local Government Ombudsman? -           No. It
depends on the type of case and circumstances requiring the decision
communication.

 

(6) For each of the last five years, how many appeals have there been from
financial assessment decisions? –         The council does not record this
information.

 

(7) Please can you provide any internal training materials used which
relate to deliberate deprivation of assets? -          None, we refer to
the charging guidance and any relevant LGO cases.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Paul Metcalf

Information Governance Officer

+: Stockport Council | 1^st Floor South Stopford House | Stockport | SK1
3XE

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