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Last updated:
16/11/2017

What is the most I will have to pay?

  1. Overview
  2. What is residential care?
  3. Will I have to pay for residential care?
  4. What is capital?
  5. What is income?
  6. What is the most I will have to pay?
  7. What are top-up fees?
  8. How can I deal with problems about charges?
  9. Next steps

If you have to pay towards the cost of your residential accommodation, your income should not fall below the ‘personal expenses allowance’ (PEA), which is currently £24.90 a week. Sometimes, you may be left with more than the PEA, if you have children to care for or you have to pay for the upkeep of a property that has been disregarded, for example.

Sue’s story:

Sue lives in accommodation that costs the Trust £400 a week. She has £204.40 a week in income and £19,000 savings, which means that the local authority regard her as having £20 tariff income. This makes her total income £224.40 per week but because the local authority has to leave Sue with at least £24.90 to live on, she will have to pay £199.50 a week towards the cost of her residential care.

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  1. Overview
  2. What is residential care?
  3. Will I have to pay for residential care?
  4. What is capital?
  5. What is income?
  6. What is the most I will have to pay?
  7. What are top-up fees?
  8. How can I deal with problems about charges?
  9. Next steps
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