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Paying for your care

Before we can arrange services for you, you will need an assessment. This involves a detailed discussion with you. If you wish you may have someone to speak on your behalf such as a friend or an advocate. 

We have to give priority to people who are most vulnerable, and so there are standards in deciding if you qualify for our services. These standards are called Eligibility Criteria.

You do not have to pay for an assessment of your needs – assessments are free. After an assessment we decide what help can be offered and how we can arrange it. This is called a Care Package. You will be charged for the services you receive depending upon your weekly income and the assets you have. If aftercare services are provided under Section 117 of the Mental Health Act we will not charge for services.

The short video below provides information on paying for care: 

Who pays for social care

If you have savings and capital assets or more than £23,250, you will be expected to pay the full cost of your care services.

If you have less than £23,250, we will financially assess you to find out how much you will pay towards your care.

You will be asked to complete a financial assessment to determine what you need to pay towards the cost of your care. 

Download our fact sheet - 'A guide to self funding' (PDF)

It's important to make sure you find out as much as possible before making care funding decisions.

Paying for residential care

Find out how to pay for residential care services:

Paying for non-residential care

Non residential care includes services such as home care, day care and direct payments

Please see our fact sheet (PDF) for more information

Further information

The following organisations provide information on paying for care: