The Department of Health and Social Care has published its annual Local Authority Circular on charging for care and support.
The circular, Social care charging for local authorities: 2018 to 2019 sets out that, for the financial year 2018/19, there is to be no change in the capital limits, Personal Expense Allowance, Minimum Income Guarantee or savings credit disregard.
- The capital limits remain at their current level (i.e. lower capital limit £14,250 and upper capital limit £23,250).
- The Personal Expenses Allowance (PEA) for local authority-supported care home residents remains at its current level (i.e. £24.90 per week).
- The Minimum Income Guarantee (MIG) for people receiving local authority-arranged care and support other than in a care home remains at its current levels.
- The savings credit disregards remain at their current level (i.e. up to £5.75 per week for individual supported residents and up to £8.60 per week for couples).
The capital limit last increased in April 2010 when it rose from £23,000 to £23,250. It has remained at that level ever since.
The future funding of social care for older people is being explored by the Government with a Green paper expected in the summer. Secondary work is expected to be undertaken for social care for working age adults.