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Yes, I thought that was what I said though maybe in a different way. No top-up will be required if the home fulfills the resident's needs and falls within the LA budget. If more is wanted and the home is more expensive then a top-up will be needed.Doesn't the Care Act 2014 have an effect on the issue of top up fees? As in, if a home meets the assessed needs of the service user, then the LA has to pay the difference.
Or does this only apply to people going into care after 1st April 2015?
The downside of this is that if there is a home which charges less but can fulfill the resident's needs then that is what you have to accept.
This means when SS do the Community Care Assessment (if they do one), that they need to make clear to self-funders that they might have to move to a different home when the money runs out, because the LA won't pay.The 'cap' on care fees calculation applies only to the LA rate for self-funders even if they are paying a lot more than that.
Is that not just the 12 week disregard? Also cannot first party top up's be paid for if a deferred payment scheme is in place as long as the LA think it is sustainable?Since April first party top-ups have been allowed but only if a disregard for property has been agreed.
It does also apply to the 12 week disregard period as well, doesn't it?"Is that not just the 12 week disregard? Also cannot first party top up's be paid for if a deferred payment scheme is in place as long as the LA think it is sustainable?"
You are correct, I meant to say :-
Since April first party top-ups have been allowed but only if a deferred payment scheme for property has been agreed.
I have edited the post with attribution to you.