The lower capital limit for 2015/2016 is £14,250. This means that if you have capital below this amount, it should be ignored for the financial assessment. If the person’s capital is between £14,250 and £23,250, £1 a week for every £250 is taken into account as income. So, if the person has capital of £4,000 above the lower capital limit, £16 will be taken into account as income a week.
For residential care, the value of the person’s home may be taken into account as capital. However, there are exceptions to this rule such as when certain people will remain in the home. For non-residential services, the value of the person’s home should not be taken into account as capital.
Means Testing, when deciding how much income you have, takes into account only some income. Certain types of income are always ignored, including:
The local council can treat disability related benefits, such as the care component of DLA, the daily living component of PIP, or Attendance Allowance – as income. If they do, they should deduct any disability related expenditure before they take it into account as income. Examples of disability related expenditure could include:
This list is not exhaustive. Other items can be included as long as they are reasonably needed for the person to live at home. Most other benefits will be taken into account as income in full. If not going into residential care, you can be charged for home care services, however the value of your home is not taken into account when working out how much you have to pay.