My mum has been in care for 4 years - she has dementia and bi-polar disorder and is under S117 funding. Currently she has a case before the Court of Protection to determining her 'best interests' in terms of the location of her care. She has been asking to go home on and off for 3 years and last summer proceedings under Section21A of MCA 2004 were started. The point we are at now, the LA has put together a potential care plan - should the judge decide that going home is best for her. They say that 24 hr 7 days a week care at home will cost £878 per week . Additional costs of £158 per night if the carer is woken on more than two occasions, plus £20.12 per hour for an additional carer if there is a requirement for extra support. Currently her care home costs £582 per week. They are saying my mum would need to 'top up' the £582 per week they currently spend on her care in the nursing home - she has savings and a monthly pension of £997. An independent social worker who I approached for support - but was unable to work with me, did say in her reply to me:- "However the local authority has a duty to fully assess and meet your Mum's needs under the Care Act and whilst they can 'take resources into consideration', they cannot make an 'arbitrary cap' on costs such as that which they would usually pay in a care home - as this disadvantages people who are best cared for in their home environment." Does anyone have any insight into this latter point re Care Act.