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Last updated:
19/10/2018

What is social care?

  1. Overview
  2. What is social care?
  3. When can the local authority charge me for non-residential services?
  4. What is a financial assessment?
  5. Self-Directed Support
  6. Will I have to pay for compulsory treatment services?
  7. I’m a carer; will the local authority charge me?
  8. What if I cannot afford the charges?
  9. How can I deal with problems about charges?
  10. Can I get a Direct Payment or SDS payment?
  11. How will the local authority pay me?
  12. What can I spend SDS payment on?
  13. What are my responsbilities?
  14. When will my SDS payments end?
  15. I'm a carer; can I get SDS payments?
  16. Next steps
A ‘non-residential service’ is a service you get to meet your social care needs in the community. These services are to help you improve your wellbeing and help you live independently.

Social care for people with mental health problems

A ‘non-residential service’ is a service you get to meet your social care needs in the community. These services are to help you improve your wellbeing and help you live independently, such as:

  • Help at home,
  • Getting meals,
  • Activities such as going on trips,
  • Help with education, and
  • Going to a day centre.

This does not include supported or residential accommodation, as charging for residential care services is different to community services.

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  1. Overview
  2. What is social care?
  3. When can the local authority charge me for non-residential services?
  4. What is a financial assessment?
  5. Self-Directed Support
  6. Will I have to pay for compulsory treatment services?
  7. I’m a carer; will the local authority charge me?
  8. What if I cannot afford the charges?
  9. How can I deal with problems about charges?
  10. Can I get a Direct Payment or SDS payment?
  11. How will the local authority pay me?
  12. What can I spend SDS payment on?
  13. What are my responsbilities?
  14. When will my SDS payments end?
  15. I'm a carer; can I get SDS payments?
  16. Next steps
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