Paying for services provided in the community

What are the services?

Social care services in the community are provided to help you remain living independently in your own home. These include home care and personal support, Telecare equipment and alarms, day care or day services and community supported living.

Please remember that this information is a general guide only and that in some circumstances different rules will apply.

Will I have to pay?

The majority of people will have to pay something towards their care. To determine how much you will need to contribute we carry out an assessment of your own particular financial circumstances.

The Government says that councils are allowed to charge for social care services and services you buy with your personal budget. However, the amount you pay will depend on your financial circumstances, not your care needs. You should not be prevented from having the care you need because you can not afford it.

The Council has adopted a Fairer Charging Policy so you will only be asked to contribute what you can reasonably afford towards the cost of your support.

What are Direct Payments?

Direct Payments are cash payments made directly to you to help you buy the care and support you need rather than the Council arranging the services on your behalf.

Direct Payments give you more control, increase your independence and help you to continue living in your own home.

If you have had a carer's assessment and have been offered support as a carer, you may also be eligible for a Direct Payment:

Useful contact

The Adult Social Care team are the first point of contact for all referrals and general enquiries relating to adult social care and support.