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

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FoiASC&iIS Directorate, Newcastle upon Tyne City Council

Dear Anita,

 

I am writing in response to your request for information, under the terms
of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

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

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Clients ages 18-64 in residential and nursing care, funded by the Local
Authority (These figures were accurate as at 31/3/2021):

Residential – 104

Nursing – 43

 

 

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

£24.90 per week

 

3) Calculation of income

 

a) How does your residential charging policy calculate income?

Income is classed as any income from benefits/occupation pensions/rental
income.

 

b) What is included in your income calculation?

The following benefits are fully taken into account when considering what
a person can afford to pay towards their care from their income:

Attendance Allowance, including Constant Attendance Allowance and
Exceptionally Severe Disablement Allowance; Bereavement Allowance; Carer’s
Allowance; Disability Living Allowance; Employment and Support Allowance
or the benefits this replaces such as Severe Disablement Allowance and
Incapacity Benefit; Income Support; Industrial Injuries Disablement
Benefit or equivalent benefits; Jobseeker’s Allowance; Maternity
Allowance; Pension Credit; Personal Independence Payments; State Pension;
Universal Credit; Working Tax Credit.

 

c) What is excluded from your income?

We disregard PIP/DLA (mobility components) and guaranteed Income Payments
made to Veterans under the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.

 

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

None

 

e) Which parts of the income calculation are mandatory?

All parts

 

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

The same principal is used, but the calculation threshold differs, due to
different benefit entitlements.

 

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

N/A

 

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?

There may be some circumstances where it would not be appropriate for us
to leave a person only with the personal expenses allowance after charges.
For example:

(a) Where a person has a dependent child the local authority should
consider the needs of the child in determining how much income a person
should be left with after charges. This applies whether the child is
living with the person or not.

(b) Where a person is paying half their occupational or personal pension
or retirement annuity to a spouse or civil partner who is not living in
the same care home, the local authority must disregard this money. This
does not automatically apply to unmarried couples although the local
authority may wish to exercise its discretion in individual cases.

(c) Where a person is temporarily in a care home and is a member of a
couple – whether married or unmarried – the local authority should
disregard any Income Support or Pension Credit awarded to pay for home
commitments. It should also consider disregarding other costs related to
maintain the couple’s home (see below).

(d) Where a person’s property has been disregarded the local authority
should consider whether the PEA is sufficient to enable the person to meet
any resultant costs. For example, allowances should be made for fixed
payments (like mortgages, rent and Council Tax), building insurance,
utility costs (gas, electricity and water, including basic heating during
the winter) and reasonable property maintenance costs.

 

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

N/A

 

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

No, everyone in residential care is left with the same amount of PEA each
week, apart from some exceptions as above.

 

 

If you are unhappy with our response to your request, you can ask for an
internal review of our decision.  Please send details of your request for
review to the following address:

 

Information Governance Co-ordinator

Floor 6

Civic Centre

Barras Bridge

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE1 8QH

Telephone: 0191 277 7666

E-mail: [1][Newcastle upon Tyne City Council request email]

 

 

Regards,

Lou Appleby

 

Louise Appleby

Complaints and School Appeals Officer

Complaints and Customer Relations Team

Newcastle City Council

Civic Centre

Newcastle upon Tyne

NE1 8QH

 

Tel 0191 2777427

I am currently working remotely therefore do not have access to my desk
phone. 

If you need further contact with me, please email.

 

 

 

 

 

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