Requesting a Financial Assessment

This procedure should be used to understand when a financial assessment must be completed, how to subsequently make such a request and record the outcome.

Note: This procedure is used by all teams and services.

Under the Care Act a financial assessment must be completed when all of the following criteria apply:

  1. The person/carer has needs that are eligible under the Care Act;
  2. The person/carer wishes for the Local Authority to meet some or all of their eligible needs;
  3. The person/carer is ordinarily resident in the Local Authority area (or present in the area with no settled residence);
  4. The person/carer will be receiving a Local Authority service that is chargeable under the Care Act; and
  5. The Local Authority intends to charge for that service.
Need to know

It is not lawful under the Care Act to charge for any of the following services:

    1. Intermediate care and reablement services for up to 6 weeks;
    2. Aids and minor adaptations (up to the value of £1000);
    3. After-care services/support provided under section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983.

All financial assessments or reassessments should be requested in line with local processes and requirements.

Any contribution that the person/carer is assessed to make must be clearly recorded:

  1. On the Care and Support Plan (or Support Plan);
  2. On internal financial contribution recording systems.

The start date for any financial contributions should correspond with the start date for the associated Care and Support services unless a decision has been made otherwise through the financial assessment process.

Last Updated: April 6, 2022

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