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Carers UK Forum • she has to pay £15 towards DP
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she has to pay £15 towards DP

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:35 pm
by bevconner
Hello all
My husband and I claim income support and are carers
for our disabled daughter who is now 20
We have direct payment at £35 for one day a week
But have been told to day she has contribute £15 towards this ?
She has £103 a week and has to pay rent
We just want to check this out with others on this site to know
What they have to payout !

Thank you all bev

Re: dp help

Posted: Mon Dec 19, 2011 6:41 pm
by Lazydaisy
all councils charge different rates, but it is perfectly legitimate,once the person is over 18.
Do you claim Carers Allowance for looking after your daughter?
It may be worth phoning the Carers UK helpline. as every family has different circumstances.

Re: she has to pay £15 towards DP

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 3:36 pm
by Dipsy
You may want to go to your local citizens advice bureau. They'll be able to tell you precisely what the rules are for the direct payments and whether you and your daughter are entitled to any other benefits. £103/wk and paying rent doesn't sound right to me. She is probably entitled to housing benefit, if not council tax allowance. If she is only getting DLA she might be able to get ESA to.

Re: she has to pay £15 towards DP

Posted: Tue Dec 20, 2011 5:10 pm
by Pot of Tea
My son pays £20 a week towards his DP's and services. He is in receipt of DLA (high rates) and IB. He gets a lot more in DP's and services each week than your daughter but I think a contribution is calculated on income and that is then fixed. Services and DP's are then 'awarded' according to need. So my son might be awarded even more in DP's but would not be expected to contribute anymore. He may also be awarded less and still be expected to contribute the same. Does that make sense?

Re: she has to pay £15 towards DP

Posted: Mon Dec 26, 2011 4:37 pm
by Scally
Not here in Scotland, well not yet, personal care is free. But I can see much point forcing people to contribute to their direct payment, it sounds very controlling, quite the opposite of whats intended. What happens if the client refuses to pay?

Re: she has to pay £15 towards DP

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 1:34 pm
by Eun
Not true that everything in Scotland is free always- if Robert went for independent living they wanted him to contribute half the care component of his DLA and a good part of his Incapacity benefit. Its one of the reasons he decided against it. He would have had to pay more money for less of a service that he gets just now for free!

Eun

Re: she has to pay £15 towards DP

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 1:51 pm
by rabidrabbit
Not here in Scotland, well not yet, personal care is free. But I can see much point forcing people to contribute to their direct payment, it sounds very controlling, quite the opposite of whats intended. What happens if the client refuses to pay?

Actually Scally personal care is only free for the over 60's.
LA takes into account a client's personal income ie DLA when assessing services, DP or personal budget.

Re: she has to pay £15 towards DP

Posted: Tue Dec 27, 2011 3:44 pm
by myra
dragonlady,
personal care is also free to under 60s as my son who is 37 gets it, and has done for at least 5 years now.
myra

Re: she has to pay £15 towards DP

Posted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 3:03 pm
by linda2
My mam has just had an assessment done to see what she has to pay towards her care (if we continue it). She has to pay no more than £46 per week. If she had a lot of money coming in and in the bank she would have to pay £120 per week.

Re: she has to pay £15 towards DP

Posted: Fri Dec 30, 2011 5:40 pm
by Jean Bremner
My daughter is 25 and receipt of direct payments she pays £95 per mth towards this she gets 10hrs a week this was put in place instead of respite as she was happy in respite she still lives at home she gets high care and high mobility so l take it its means tested what l don't get is that respite was so much cheaper at £22 every 6wks don't know much about it l just get so fed up questioning every l let it go and my daughter is happy with workers that she has