LAs charging policy and Personal Expenses Allowance

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Dear Local Authority,
These questions all relate to persons under age 65 living a residential care home paid for all or in part by your council’s social care budget

1) How many people in your Local Authority under 65 live in a residential care home?

2) How much disposable income/PEA do care home residents have available each week for their needs?

3) Calculation of income

a) How does your residential charging policy calculate income?
b) What is included in your income calculation?
c) What is excluded from your income?
d) Which (if any) parts of the income calculation are discretionary?
e) Which parts of the income calculation are mandatory?
f) Do you use the same calculation model for care home residents above the age of 65 versus those below that age?
g) If the model differs, what are those differences?
4) Discretionary Increases
a) Does the Local Authority exercise its discretion to allow individuals under 65 years in residential care homes more than this minimum amount?
b) If yes, what is the weekly amount available to them and (as in 3 above) how is it calculated?
5) Is there any difference in the amount people are left with each week if the Local Authority is acting as an Appointee?

Yours faithfully,

Anita Bellows

ASCH Adult Social Care and Health FOI (Adult Social Care and Health), Derbyshire County Council

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Dear Ms Bellows,

 

I refer to your request for information received on 26 May 2021.

 

We will be dealing with your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000. In accordance with the legislation, the deadline for responding is
20 working days from the receipt of the request, this being the 24 June
2021. However, we shall endeavour to deal with your request promptly, and
if possible before this date.

 

Kind Regards

 

Peter Cordiner

Information Governance Officer

Efficiencies and Performance

Adult Social Care and Health – Room 262

Derbyshire County Council | County Hall | Matlock | DE4 3AG

 

Tel: 01629 532058 | Ext: 32058 | [mobile number] | Email:
[1][email address]

 

[2]Chat with me on Teams!

 

I am working at home for the foreseeable future, please contact me via
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ASCH Adult Social Care and Health FOI (Adult Social Care and Health), Derbyshire County Council

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Dear Ms Bellows

 

Thank you for your information request dated 26/05/21.  I can confirm that
we do hold the requested information. The request has been considered
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.  The response to your request
is as follows:

 

1) How many people in your Local Authority under 65 live in a residential
care home?

There was 562 people under 65 with a residential care placement on
01/04/2021.

Please note:

o Figure provided was sourced on 01/06/2021, and is subject to change.
o The type of care provided by the care homes was not taken into
consideration, so care homes that provide both Nursing and Residential
Care are included.

 

2) How much disposable income/PEA do care home residents have available
each week for their needs?

Clients automatically receive the statutory PEA rate and income related to
mobility payments is untouched.  Clients or their representatives may ask
us to vary their PEA if it insufficient for their needs.  We recognise
that younger people may need a higher PEA to enable them to participate in
activities which benefit their wellbeing and form part of their overall
care plan.  Any additional allowances are made specifically for the
individual as they are dependent on the needs of that person, in much the
same way as DRE is considered.

 

3) Calculation of income

 

a) How does your residential charging policy calculate income?

Income is calculated in accordance with the statutory charging
regulations.

 

b) What is included in your income calculation?

Income is calculated in accordance with the statutory charging
regulations.

 

c) What is excluded from your income?

Income is calculated in accordance with the statutory charging
regulations.

 

d) Which (if any) parts of the income calculation are discretionary?

Income is calculated in accordance with the statutory charging
regulations.

 

e) Which parts of the income calculation are mandatory?

Income is calculated in accordance with the statutory charging
regulations.

 

f) Do you use the same calculation model for care home residents above the
age of 65 versus those below that age?

Income is calculated in accordance with the statutory charging regulations
whilst recognising the PEA/allowances may need to be adjusted for the
individual for under 65’s.

 

g) If the model differs, what are those differences?

See f.

 

4) Discretionary Increases

 

 a. Does the Local Authority exercise its discretion to allow individuals
under 65 years in residential care homes more than this minimum
amount?

Yes

 

 b. If yes, what is the weekly amount available to them and (as in 3
above) how is it calculated?

Depends entirely on the individual. We would work with the family and
social worker to calculate an amount, similar to DRE.

 

5) Is there any difference in the amount people are left with each week if
the Local Authority is acting as an Appointee?

Everyone starts with the statutory PEA.  The authority acting as appointee
does not act as a barrier to varying the PEA should the resident, their
representative or social worker make a request to do so. Identifying the
individual’s needs and necessary funding lies with social work
colleagues.  Finance perform an administrative function as appointee in
order to allocate the appropriate PEA, administer the client’s personal
savings as directed by them and collect the remainder as a contribution
towards the cost of care. Appointeeship is a last resort where there is
no-one else willing to act or where there has been a safeguarding issue
and is done to protect the client’s placement and allow them access to
their personal funds.

 

 

I hope this now deals with your request for information. However should
you wish the outcome to be reviewed, please follow the procedure as set
out below;

 

Stage 1:

In the first instance, please send in your comments, and wherever
possible, a copy of your request and the covering letter enclosing the
information or refusing your request to:

 

Access to Information Solicitor

Legal Services

Derbyshire County Council

County Hall

Matlock

DE4 3AG

Email: [1][Derbyshire County Council request email]

 

Please ensure that correspondence is marked as “Request for a review of my
Freedom of Information Act / Environmental Information Regulations
request”, and bears any case references you have been given.   

 

Stage 2:

After completing the above procedure, if you wish to challenge the
decision further, then you have a right to contact the Information
Commissioner’s Office as follows: 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Tel. 0303 123 1113/ Fax: 01625 524510

 

ICO Weblink: [2]http://www.ico.org.uk/complaints.aspx

 

Kind regards

Peter Cordiner

Information Governance Officer

Efficiencies and Performance

Adult Social Care and Health – Room 262

Derbyshire County Council | County Hall | Matlock | DE4 3AG

 

Tel: 01629 532058 | Ext: 32058 | [mobile number] | Email:
[3][email address]

 

[4]Chat with me on Teams!

 

I am working at home for the foreseeable future, please contact me via
email or MS Teams.

 

 

 

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