Direct Payment and Self Funder Users

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Dear East Sussex County Council,

Please can you provide me with the following details regarding social care:-
a) How many “Direct Payment Users” are currently registered across the Social Care categories?
b) What is the yearly budget for “Direct Payment Users” across the Social Care categories?
c) What are your working estimations of how many “Self Funders” are in your Council area and what is their average budget?
d) What facilities do you have in place or plan to have in place to manage the “Self Funder” market?

Yours faithfully,

dom wallis

Freedom of Information, East Sussex County Council

 

 

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FOI Request ref:  4700 / Direct Payment and Self Funder Users

 

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Amilia Holland

Customer Information Adviser

 

East Sussex County Council

Communities Economy and Transport Directorate

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

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Dear Mr Wallis,

 

FOI Request ref:  4700 / Direct Payment and Self Funder Users

 

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dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Your
request and our response are set out below. Please note that any
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REQUEST

 

Please can you provide me with the following details regarding social
care:-

a)            How many “Direct Payment Users” are currently registered
across the Social Care categories?

b)            What is the yearly budget for “Direct Payment Users” across
the Social Care categories?

c)            What are your working estimations of how many “Self Funders”
are in your Council area and what is their average budget?

d)            What facilities do you have in place or plan to have in
place to manage the “Self Funder” market?

 

RESPONSE

 

1.       As at 30th September 2014, in receipt of on-going Direct
payments:

Children’s Services clients: 189

Adults with dementia: 9

Adults with a learning disability: 205

Adults with a mental health issue: 210

Adults 65 and over: 675

Adults with a physical disability: 561

2.       Direct Payments are a methodology by which clients can access
services to meet their assessed need. Budgets are set to fund assessed
need and not the methodology to access services and therefore there are no
budgets, per se, for Direct Payments.  However, based on the weekly
expenditure as at 30 September 2014 we estimate that the full year net
expenditure on Direct Payments across Children’s and Adult’s Services will
be £15.9 million.

3.       Using the “Lincolnshire”* model, it is estimated that there will
be 5,606 Self Funders in the East Sussex County Council area in 2015/16.

It is not possible to estimate an average budget for a “self funder” due
to the broad nature and personal definition of a person making private
arrangements. We have limited intelligence regarding the provision of care
and support for self-funders within private care home fees.

*The “Lincolnshire” model has been used by many local authorities to
inform planning for the impact of the Care Act 2014; together with central
government to inform the development of funding allocation for the impact
of the Care Act 2014.

4. Currently “self funders” are supported in a range of ways dependent on
whether they contact  ASC or not. For example we produce a range of public
information relevant to people who would pay the full cost of meeting
their care & support needs and their carers. This is distributed widely to
a range of sites across the county and available via the East Sussex
County Council website. We also contribute to an independent information
resource directory called ‘Care Choices’. Our contact centre includes
staff trained to respond to the needs of apparent “self funders” to
include offering assessment and reablement via ASC, information & guidance
through our internal brokerage team, and/or referral to My Care My Home,
an independent organisation who offer support to self funders. We will
review our position further in light of future Care Act funding reforms
once draft regulations & guidance is issued from Department of Health to
clarify our duties and responsibilities.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

 

Amilia Holland

Customer Information Adviser

 

East Sussex County Council

Communities, Economy and Transport

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913
Fax: 01273 481208

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