Disability Related Expenditure
Contributing to the cost of your care – is a 25% allowance enough?
Anyone with a personal budget and claiming DLA (Disability Living Allowance) or PIP (Personal Independence Payment) will no doubt by now have received a letter from Oxfordshire Adult Social Care telling them what their new contribution towards the cost of their care will be.
This means that from the 1st October the amount that you are expected to pay towards the cost of your care services may have either increased or decreased depending on what you previously paid. OCC will no longer carry out an individual face to face financial assessment of your income and savings unless requested. Instead they will send out forms for individuals to provide details of their income and savings. They will deduct 25% of the care element of either DLA (Disability Living Allowance) or PIP (Personal Independence Payment) to allow you to keep part of this benefit to help towards any extra costs you may have due to your disability.
The care act statutory guidance says that the council must leave you with enough money “to pay for necessary disability-related expenditure to meet any needs which are not being met by the local authority”. If you feel that your disability related expenditure is more then 25% each month then you can request a visit from the Financial Assessment team to ask for an individual assessment.
They can be contacted on 01865 323642 or FinancialAssessmentTeam@Oxfordshire.gov.uk
Read the document for examples of Disability Related Expenditure:
Joint Statement from the Oxfordshire Transforming Care Partnership Board:
Oxfordshire review into the deaths of people with learning disabilities 2017-18
Statement from the co-chairs of Oxfordshire’s Transforming Care Partnership Board
“While we have known for many years that people with learning disabilities die earlier than the general population, the Learning Disability Mortality Review report made for grim reading and was deeply upsetting.
As co-chairs of Oxfordshire’s Transforming Care Partnership Board we feel it is important that we make public the work that is being done locally to explain how deaths of people with learning disabilities are investigated in our county. Despite the lower numbers of deaths reviewed, it is clear that there is still much work to be done to address these inequalities. We are however pleased that all deaths are now being reviewed in such detail. We welcome the recommendations contained in this report and the spirit of transparency and openness in which it has been shared.“
Gail Hanrahan (Oxfordshire Family Support Network) and Paul Scarrott (My Life My Choice)
Follow the link to read the full statement: Oxfordshire Transforming Care Partnership Board: Oxfordshire review into the deaths of people with learning disabilities 2017-18
Families asked us to produce some simple guidance on the Care Act 2014 so they know what their rights and rights of their relative are.
Follow the link to our:
Related information that will be of interest:
- Together Matters have produced an excellent guide called – Thinking Ahead – A planning guide for families. You can download the guide here
- OxFSN’s guide to finding the right support. This was written for families who have children moving into adulthood, the information contained is equally useful to older family carers who are thinking of the next steps and supported living.
The Embolden project aims to give a strong voice to family carers and to influence and hold decision makers to account within health and social care services.
This report sets out the current knowledge on the numbers of older family carers in Oxfordshire, caring for an adult relative or friend with a learning disability (LD).
It aims to make the case for increasing current knowledge in health and social care services – both statutory and independent of the numbers and profiles of older carers of people with learning disabilities in Oxfordshire, in order to meet their needs and plan support for their futures.
To read the full report follow the link to: