A financial assessment is a calculation of what you can afford to pay towards your care.
If it is your preferred option not to give us details of your income and other assets or you refuse to provide information the Council may charge you the full cost of the care provided, up to a maximum of £60 per week (for 2016/17).
If you choose to declare your finances then you will be asked to complete and sign a financial assessment form and you will need to provide details of your income, capital and expenses. You will also need to provide proof of the information detailed on the form (e.g. bank statements, benefit notification letters); this will help us work out how much you can afford to pay towards your care.
We can help you complete the form if needed; this would normally involve a visit to your home or any other convenient place to complete the form with you and/or your representative.
We will inform you of the result of the financial assessment in writing.
If you are assessed to pay a charge you will be charged from the first day the service commenced.
We will review your financial assessment annually, unless there is a change in your circumstances, in which case we will then review the financial assessment sooner.
We will only share information in accordance with the permissions given by you and in accordance with our data protection policy.
As part of the financial assessment we will try to make sure that you are receiving all the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) benefits you are entitled to and with your permission we will contact the DWP or another appropriate organisation and they can help you claim all of the DWP benefits you are entitled to.