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Disability Related Expenses

LaneLane Member Posts: 5 Listener
edited March 7 in Disabled people
LA's should take disability related expenses into account when calculating your assessed charge.  Unfortunately they do not always do so.  However, if you think your assessed charge is wrong, follow your LA's complaint procedure all the way to the ombudsmen if necessary.  They will decide if a LA has followed the rules in regards to charging.

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  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,644 Disability Gamechanger
    Can you name a local authority that doesn’t?
  • LaneLane Member Posts: 5 Listener
    Essex changed their rules on disability related expenses a couple of years ago.  They refused a lot of DRE's that they had previously accepted, which resulted in assessed charges going through the roof.  
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,644 Disability Gamechanger
    But that’s just a change to DRE rather no DRE at all!
  • LaneLane Member Posts: 5 Listener
    The governments directive on what should be taken into account had not changed.  A lot of people had all of their DRE's disallowed.    
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,644 Disability Gamechanger
    And... ?

    Sorry, I’m not sure what your point is exactly. 
  • LaneLane Member Posts: 5 Listener
    The government sets out what's a DRE not the LA is the point.  If LA's got it right every time you would not need an ombudsmen to look into whether an LA has followed the directives correctly.
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,644 Disability Gamechanger
    Er, the government does no such thing. It offers statutory guidance i.e. guidance you must take account of but don’t have to follow slavishly. Thus, most local authorities follow the guidance but don’t exactly replicate it. The LA Ombudsman is for many things but not exclusively for charging. 
  • LaneLane Member Posts: 5 Listener
    The point is they cannot ignore the care and support statutory guidance, and if they do, you can go to the ombudsmen.  To get to the ombudsmen you need to follow the complaints procedure first.  I did not say it was exclusively for charging.  If the ombudsmen finds that the LA acted correctly then they will not investigate.  However, IF they are not sure that the LA has followed correct procedures for example, financial assessments, they will investigate.
  • mikehughescqmikehughescq Member Posts: 6,644 Disability Gamechanger
    Lane said:
    LA's should take disability related expenses into account when calculating your assessed charge.  Unfortunately they do not always do so. 
    You’ve yet to name one that doesn’t.
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