Respite - Funding
Who will pay for my respite?
If your local authority organises respite, you may have to pay towards the cost. Your local authority will look at any savings and property you have as well as your income. This does not include the value of your home.
If your capital and savings are more than £23,250 then you will have to pay all of the cost of your respite. If your income is low and your capital and savings are less than £14,250 you will not have to pay anything. Money you earn from work is not taken into account, but benefits and pensions can be. If the local authority gives you a direct payment to pay for respite services, this will make up part of your personal budget.
If you cannot afford to pay what your local authority charges you, you can ask for a review. They must not charge you more than you can pay. You could use a ‘budgeting form’ to show what you can afford. You can get this form from debt advice charities.
Read about ‘Charging for social care’.
Who will pay for my relative’s care while I am having a break?
If your local authority thinks your relative needs support while you are taking a break, they can offer this support. The law says that if your relative gets this support, even if it is to meet your needs, your relative would have to pay for the service and must agree. Some or all of this cost may be covered by your relative’s personal budget.
If there is a respite service which meets both your and your relative’s needs at the same time, the local authority will need to decide who will pay for the service. This may come from your personal budget or your relative’s personal budget.
Your relative’s local authority should think about how they will bring your plans and personal budgets together. For example, if they will meet your needs by giving your relative services, the local authority should explain this in your plan.
My relative does not get support from social services, can I get respite?
You may still be able to get respite from social services. Your local authority might give you a support plan which will say what your needs are and how they will meet them.
As part of your support plan you could ask your local authority for a direct payment so that you can arrange your own respite rather than using a local authority service. Social services need to make sure that your relative is involved in any decision that affects their care.
Your relative will be responsible for paying for ‘replacement care’ services.
If your relative refuses to pay the service charge, social services will try to think of a different way to support you as long as it is reasonable to do this.
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