FOI Request - Non-Residential Social Care
1) What level of charge taper is applied by the council to adult clients in receipt
of non-residential social care services? This is the percentage of the client’s
‘excess’ income which can be required as a contribution from the client towards
2) Can you please forward or direct me to the council’s current full charging
policy for non-residential social care at home?
In case it helps with directing question 1 to the appropriate person, I will explain
further. Regarding charging for non-residential care services for adults, the
Department of Work and Pensions set an income threshold of protected nonchargeable
income, based on rates of benefit which provide a top up of weekly
income to a guaranteed minimum amount. Added to this is a 16.5% buffer. This
forms the charging threshold. If someone’s income is below this charging
threshold, they do not pay any client contribution. If someone’s income is above
that charging threshold, they may be expected to make a contribution, but based
only on the ‘excess’ income which is above that threshold.
Most councils then apply a charge taper, or percentage, to this excess income
which can be required as a contribution. It is at the discretion of each Local
Authority to set a local charge taper and this could range from 5% up to 100% of
the excess income. I am asking as to what charge taper, if any, is currently
applied by Moray Council.
1. The Moray Council proposes to implement a 30% taper ie this means an individual will be required to contribute 70% of their available income. (This is not yet in place and is being considered under review of non res care policy)
2. The information you requested can be found here.