Can they keep the house


Account on hold
Apr 22, 2015
My sense is that the discretionary disregard really only comes into play when the person living there would be essentially homeless should the house be sold and thus have to be housed by the LA, or are really quite old and perhaps coming close to the age when they might well need care themselves.

Personally, I'm on the siblings side from what you have said.
Hi jenniferpa

I know my circumstances were different when my father was assessed the social worker did not ask me if I would be homeless if the house was sold.
She just said the house would have to be sold and potentially all of the proceeds used to pay for my father's care as my title to the house had not been registered at the time of my father's admission to the hospital.
As it happens I do have the means to buy a semi so I would have not been homeless but the social worker did not know that.
As I think you know the social worker was later proved wrong and the LA admitted this.
The house is however worth about £350,000 so the LA would have been in pocket even if they had to re house me in council accommodation as it would have charged me rent.

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Pete R

Registered User
Jul 26, 2014
This is an example taken from the DoH guidance to LA's from the new Care Act on the use of Discretionary Disregard. Seems to me a softening of the approach but I am sure the LA lawyers will argue different.:rolleyes:

"Jayne has the early signs of dementia but wishes to continue living in her own home. She is not assessed as having eligible needs, but would benefit from some occasional support. Her best friend Penny gives up her own home to move in with Jayne. At this point, there is no suggestion that Jayne may need residential care.

After 5 years Jayne’s dementia has reached the point where she needs a far greater level of care and support and following an assessment it is agreed her needs would best be met in a care home. On moving into the care home, the local authority uses its discretion to apply the property disregard as this has now become Penny’s main or only home."