The council is thinking of changing the financial assessment for people who live at home (not in a residential care home or nursing home).
In particular, the council is proposing to change the way it works out Disability Related Expenditure (DRE). This is the extra expense people have each week because of a disability.
Everyone who is eligible for adult social care has a financial assessment. This is a means test to work out if people have to pay towards the cost of their care and if so how much they should pay.
The rules on this are in the council’s Charging Policy. A copy is also attached below.
The proposed changes
The council is proposing to change two things:
1. The council want to reduce the set amount allowed for Disability Related Expenditure (DRE) to a minimum of £10 per week per person. At the moment, the council allows a minimum of £20 per week for a single person and a minimum of £15 per week for one of a married couple towards Disability Related Expenses.
Where people show the council that they spend more than this, a higher amount would be allowed.
2. The council is proposing to change the list of expenses that count as Disability Related Expenditure. The council wants to take items off the list which are already provided by the NHS and items that are provided as part of a person's adult social care support package.
The council will always consider other items that a person tells them they need because of a disability.
Who may be affected
This may affect adults who live at home and are eligible for help from adult social care due to their care needs.
Further information about this consultation is given on the information sheet attached below. It explains the changes in more detail.
Please read this information sheet before filling in this questionnaire.
If you want to talk to someone about the questionnaire or you would like it in a different format please call our helpline on telephone number 0116 454 4400.
Other ways to have your say
If you have received a letter and a questionnaire you can complete it and return it in the pre-paid envelope provided.
There is also an easy read questionnaire attached below, which you can download, complete and return to Disability Related Expenses Consultation, Bosworth House, 1st floor, Leicester City Council, 1 Grey Friars, Leicester, LE1 5PH.
There were three consultation meetings held on 30 January, 1 February and 2 February 2016. Details of the meetings are given on this page. These meetings have been held and the notes of these meetings are attached below.
You can also email the consultation team at firstname.lastname@example.org.