Search site
Cymraeg

Charges for Care and Support at Home

Information for adults who have been assessed as eligible for managed care and support at home to help them maintain or regain their independence. It explains what you might be expected to pay towards the cost of your care and support, and how we calculate the charges

Your Care and Support plan may include a range of services either provided or arranged on your behalf by Swansea Social Services. You may expect to receive some practical help and support in carrying out personal or household tasks without which you may find it difficult to continue to live at home.  For more information see our factsheet PDF Document Care at Home (PDF, 34KB)Opens new window.

The charges we make are a contribution to the overall cost of the care and support you receive. These charges, and the way we calculate them, are the same whether the care and support is provided by the Council's Integrated Domiciliary Care Service or by an independent care agency working on behalf of the Council.  In this factsheet the term "home care" refers to any type of care provided in your own home.

If you have not already had an assessment of your needs, you will first need to go through an assessment to find out if you are eligible for managed care and support at home from Social Services. There is more information in our factsheet  PDF Document Care and Support Assessments for Adults (PDF, 43KB)Opens new window.

The basis for charging

To ensure that the charges we make for home care are fair, we use a Charging Policy, based on the provisions of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014Opens new window, including:

The Charging Policy is used to decide whether someone will pay:

  • nothing towards the cost of home care.
  • the full charge for their care. This is worked out according to the number of hours they get, at a rate of £10.20 per hour, up to a maximum of £70.00 per week.
  • part of the cost of their care, but not the full charge. The exact amount will depend on how much money they have each week, after meeting certain expenses.

For most people, we decide how much they will pay by doing a financial assessment. However, there are some people who will automatically get their care free (as long as they are eligible for the service) and will not have to have a financial assessment. They are:

  • adults with mental health problems who receive aftercare services following discharge from hospital under S117 of the Mental Health Act 1983, where the need for non- residential services has been specifically identified in the care plan
  • adults who are diagnosed as suffering from Creuzfeldt Jacob disease (CJD)  
  • adults who are receiving care as part of a reablement package, for a maximum of 6 weeks. (N.B. Any time spent in a residential Assessment Unit would form part of the 6 week period.)

The financial assessment

Once we have assessed you as being eligible for a home care service, we will carry out a financial assessment to decide how much you will pay (except for people who fall into the previous categories).

The financial assessment is a way of working out how much money you have available to pay towards the cost of your care.

In order to make a financial assessment we will ask you for details of your income (e.g. benefits, state pension, works pension) your capital (e.g. bank and building society accounts, shares, National Savings Certificates) and your expenses. You will have 15 working days to provide this information once it has been requested.

We keep all this information confidential.

Your income

We look at the money you get from pensions, from most types of benefits, or from other sources such as payments from other people. We only count the income after tax. We are not interested in money which you earn as wages.

Your savings

Because you can earn interest or dividends on savings, we include them in our financial assessment. We look at the money you have in the bank or savings accounts, in stocks and shares or other investments. We do not count the value of the home you live in.

If your savings are more than £24,000 you will automatically be charged the full rate for home care.

However, there may be instances where savings over £24,000 are not classed as capital assets. Certain sorts of assets could be treated as income and not as capital. This could affect the amount you would need to pay towards your care.

Therefore,even if your savings are over £24,000 you may wish to give us details of your assets so that we can assess them appropriately. We can then tell you whether this makes a difference to your financial position.

Your expenses

We take account of some of your essential expenses, such as rent or mortgage payments and Council Tax payments.

We can give you more details on what we do and don't count as savings, income and expenses.

Working out what you will pay

Once we have collected all the financial information, we

  • work out your total weekly assessed income, including any income from savings
  • subtract your expenses.

We don't expect you to spend all the money that's left on home care. There is a minimum income amount that the law says you are entitled to use for other things.

This amount will vary according to your personal circumstances.

If your assessed income, after expenses, is less than this (whichever figure is relevant to you) then you will not be expected to pay anything towards the cost of home care.

If it is more, you will be expected to pay towards the cost of home care.

We work out the total cost of your home care, at a rate of £10.20 per hour, and £2.55 per quarter hour where relevant.

Where less than one hour's care is provided in any week, the charge will be the equivalent of one hour's care or, the assessed maximum charge, whichever is the lower.

We compare the total weekly cost of your care with your assessed income, over the weekly allowance. You pay whichever is less. Nobody will be asked to pay more than £70 per week.

We will provide you with a statement setting out the calculation of the payment that you must make.

Note: All the figures in this document apply from 10 April 2017. They will be reviewed every year, and may be changed.

Is there help available to complete the financial assessment form?

If you wish, you can appoint someone else such as a family member or friend to assist you to complete the financial assessment form. The organisations listed below may also be able to provide you with support or assistance.

  • Swansea Carers Centre
    Tel: 01792 653344
  • British Red Cross
    Tel: 01792 772146
  • Citizens Advice Bureau
    Tel: 03444 772020
  • Age Cymru Swansea Bay
    Tel: 01792 648866
  • Minority Ethnic Elders Advocacy Project (M.E.E.A.)
    Tel: 01792 457035

What if my financial circumstances change?

You can request a new financial assessment by contacting the Social Care Income and Finance Team.

Are assessments the same for couples as for single people?

Even if you are in a couple, the financial assessment is just of your finances, not your partner's. So if you have savings in a joint account, we just count half of the money.

However, if both you and your partner are eligible for services and are having a financial assessment, you can choose to have a joint assessment or continue to be assessed separately. 

What if I don't want to give you information on my finances?

You can choose not to have a financial assessment. However, if you make this choice, or if you fail to respond to the invitation for a financial assessment, this means that you will be asked to pay the full charge for the home care you receive, at a rate of £10.20 per hour to a maximum of £70.00

Can I challenge the charges?

Yes, you can. You can request a review of your financial position by contacting the Income and Finance Officer who will explain the process for reviewing decisions. If you are not happy with the result of your challenge, you may make a formal complaint as described later in this factsheet.

How do I pay for home care?

You make payments for home care either by Direct Debit or by using an electronic swipe card.

Information about Direct Debits and a mandate to pay by this method will be sent to you with a copy of your Financial Assessment.

Alternatively you can apply to the Income and Finance Officer for an electronic swipe card. You can then pay to put money on this card at any Post Office in order to pay for your home care service. You can ask someone to do this for you, if you prefer.

What if I don't pay the charges?

City and County of Swansea expects charges to be met in full following a financial assessment. If anyone is having difficulty paying, they should contact the Income and Finance Officer, or speak to their care manager or social worker.

Any non-payment of an assessed charge will be reviewed, and reminders will be sent out. Continued failure to pay charges will result in action being taken by the local authority to recover the debt.

Contact us

The first person to talk to about financial assessments for home care might be either your care manager or social worker, or a Financial Assessments Officer.

If you have any more detailed questions about the assessment, or would like to challenge the charges, please get in touch with:

Social Care Income and Finance Team
Revenues and Benefits
Finance Department
Civic Centre
Swansea SA1 3SN

Tel:  01792 636380

Email: FinancialAssessments.Section@swansea.gov.uk

Swansea Social Services and personal information

When you are in touch with Social Services, we will keep information about you in written records and computer files. We will keep this information confidential, except where we need to share it with people providing you with care, or to protect you or other people.

You have a right to ask to see records we keep about you. We can give you more information about how we handle personal information.

Comments and complaints

We welcome any comments about our services - good or bad. We are interested to hear how we could do things better, and we like to know when we are doing well.
If you are unhappy with the services you receive, we encourage you to make a complaint. Full details are given in Making a Comment, Complaint or Compliment about Swansea Social Services (Factsheet 16). You can also download/print this information as a factsheet:  PDF Document Making a Comment, Complaint or Compliment about Social Services (Factsheet 016) (PDF, 284KB)Opens new window.

This information is also available in Welsh and in alternative formats, such as large print, on audio CD, in Braille, or electronically. Please phone 01792 636902 for copies.

Factsheet 008/ v.20 May 2017

Powered by GOSS iCM