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care contribution tooooo much ??????

SuzzeeSuzzee Member Posts: 3 Listener
edited September 2020 in Disabled people
hi everyone ..... can anyone tell me why my 38 year old daughter has to pay almost 30 pounds per week towards her care when her only income is her disability benefits.  she receives DLA care and mobility both at the higher rate and ESA she has no other income and no savings.   she does receive Direct payments from the local authority to pay for her PA.  my daughters contribution has gone from zero through to 28 pounds within the last 2 to 3 years just wondering if this is correct.


  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,934 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome to the community glad you have joined us

    Sorry I dont know anything about care costs but I am sure other members will be able to advise  

    Just wanted to welcome you
  • SuzzeeSuzzee Member Posts: 3 Listener
    thanks for the welcome Janer1967 that was a nice surprise and already made me smile
  • janer1967janer1967 Member Posts: 9,934 Disability Gamechanger
    No worries that is what we are here for to welcome and help where we can. At least I have brought a smile to somebodies face today :)
  • poppy123456poppy123456 Member Posts: 22,218 Disability Gamechanger
    Hi and welcome,

    All local councils have their own criteria for payments towards a persons care they receive. I do know that they don't take into consideration a mobility award but they do take into consideration DLA care and ESA payments when working out a contributions for the care you receive. Really, this is what DLA is for.

    I understand that a couple of years ago she wasn't contributing anything but things do change, even more so with things like this.

    You can have a look at disability related expenditue criteria to see if she has any expense related to her disability that you can tell them and they may take that into consideration but it's entirely their decision and there's no specific criteria for all local council, it's just guidlines. https://www.independentlives.org/disability-related-expenses-explained

    Unfortunately, most people have to pay a contribution towards their care/support they receive, even when receiving direct payments.

    Hope this helps.

    Proud winner of the 2019 empowering others award. This award was given for supporting disabled people and their families for the benefit advice I have given to members here on the community.
  • Cher_ScopeCher_Scope Posts: 3,634

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    Just to add a big welcome to our community @Suzzee

    How are you and your daughter getting on otherwise?  We are here to help wherever we can.

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  • SuzzeeSuzzee Member Posts: 3 Listener
    Hi Cher, thanks for the welcome that means a lot
    Aaahhhh well we are all healthy which is the main thing but life is complex as is everyone I suppose, lots of big and small issues that are hard to work out and negotiate. 
    I will start with the easy ones and go from there  
    Will definitely use this platform to ask some advice
  • Ross_ScopeRoss_Scope Posts: 3,524

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    Hi @Suzzee, you are most certainly always welcome to ask for advice on this forum :) I hope to see you around here more often going forward!
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  • steve51steve51 Member Posts: 7,175 Disability Gamechanger
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    Good Morning & Welcome it’s great to meet you today😎

    I am one of the Community Champion’s here at Scope😎

    Please have a good look 👀 around & if there’s anything that you need please come over back me.

  • Chloe_ScopeChloe_Scope Scope Posts: 10,653 Disability Gamechanger
    Welcome to the community @Suzzee, how are you both doing today?

    Does your daughter get a lot of hours from direct payments? I hope the support she gets helps. :)

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