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Disability-related expenses (DRE) - Carers UK Forum

Disability-related expenses (DRE)

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Hi there

We have been working recently to produce a guide on DRE for carers to use during financial assessments for council or trust (NI) delivered care.

Sharing a true picture of the cost of DRE in these assessments can bring down the amount of weekly care charges significantly, and in some cases offset them altogether.

It would be great if you could share with your fellow carers things that you have had agreed as DRE with your council or trust (including which authority if you don't mind sharing that). There is great power in sharing your successes, and we will aim to include some of them in future versions of the guidance.

Thanks and will post the guide when it goes live too...

Aaron
Aaron,
our LA have very limited understanding of DRE and don't recognise autism related DRE without a fight. They seem to only recognise DRE in relation to incontinence!!

Melly1
Hi Melly, sorry to hear that, it's all too common and there's a real lack of guidance out there (which is why we are publishing our guide in the New Year).

Page 371 of the Care Act Guidance gives some practical information that you could use as the basis of a challenge. It's in the guide, which I'll post as soon as it's ready, but you can also read it here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.u ... idance.pdf

All best wishes

Aaron
Melly1 wrote:
Mon Dec 20, 2021 5:24 pm
Aaron,
our LA have very limited understanding of DRE and don't recognise autism related DRE without a fight. They seem to only recognise DRE in relation to incontinence!!

Melly1
Thanks Aaron.

Melly1
Hi everyone

Very pleased to share that we have some detailed guidance available on Disability Related Expenses.

https://www.carersuk.org/help-and-advic ... d-expenses

Do please take a look, share your stories and feedback, and let us know if it has helped you at all.

Thanks

Aaron
Very useful information. I'll be in touch with the helpline about my problems with Hampshire.
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