Care Income Assessment
The final stage in calculating the local authority contribution is the care income assessment. Please remember:
- No Help - Capital above the threshold means no help with social care fees (ignoring nursing care fees)
- Care Income Assessment - Capital in between the thresholds means a tariff assessment and then a full income assessment. Capital below the lower threshold means a full income assessment.
What income is assessed?
Income that is fully taken into account:
- State Benefits - Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance (care part only), Disability Working Allowance, Invalid Care Allowance, Severe Disablement Allowance, Unemployment Benefit, Industrial Injuries Benefits, Widows Pension
- Private Income - pension income, interest from savings, investment income, income from trusts, income from annuities, regular income from bonds
Income that is partially taken into account:
- 50% of pension income only is usually ignored if the spouse or civil partner does not live in a care home or you pass half of your income to your spouse or civil partner
Income that is not taken into account:
- State Benefits - Disability Living Allowance (mobility part), Pensioners Christmas Bonus, War Widows Pension
- Private Income - income from capital (if already included in assessment), income from an equity release plan if spouse or civil partner remains in property, the pension credit addition
The total of all these is your assessed income, which is then offset against the costs of social care subject to a personal expenses allowance, to work out the local authority contribution towards care.
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