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Home Care Benefit Entitlement

Home Care Benefit Entitlement

One of the first steps when exploring your options for funding care is state home care benefit entitlement.

Below we review some of the main benefits that may be available. However, depending on individual needs and circumstances, other benefits may be available.

You can find further information on all the benefits that are available here: https://www.gov.uk/browse/benefits

Pension Credits

Pension Credit is a home care benefit entitlement that is available for people over the age of 65, the benefits are split into two parts Savings Credit and Guarantee Credit.

  • Guarantee Credit is a benefit that provides a minimum level of guaranteed income by topping up your weekly pension if it is below a certain threshold, and varies depending on whether you are single or living with a partner. They also vary based on individual needs and circumstances, and will be assessed when you apply.
  • Savings Credit is an additional payment for people who have made provisions for their retirement such as second pensions, investments, and savings. The amount of benefit that you will receive will vary depending on whether you are single or live with a partner.

You may also be entitled to additional funds depending on individual circumstances such as if you are disabled or responsible for a child.

More information on Pension Credits are available here: https://www.gov.uk/pension-credit

Personal Independence Payment (PIP)

Personal Independence Payment formerly known as Disability Living Allowance (DLA), is a benefit that assists with extra costs for those who have long term health conditions or disabilities.

To be eligible for PIP you must:

  • Be aged between 16 and 65.
  • Need support with daily living, mobility or both.
  • Need support for a minimum of nine months.

For more information on Personal Independence Payment, you can visit: https://www.gov.uk/pip 

Attendance Allowance

Attendance Allowance is a benefit that is free from tax for people who are aged 65 and over who need assistance with personal care due to a physical or mental disability. The benefit is paid at two different rates dependant on how much care and support are required.

Typically, to qualify for Attendance Allowance the person must be 65 and over and have at least one of the following:

  • A physical disability including sensory disabilities.
  • A mental disability including learning disabilities.
  • A need for support for at least six months.

You can view more information about Attendance Allowance here: https://www.gov.uk/attendance-allowance

Carer’s Allowance

People who care for a disabled person can receive benefits as a Carer’s Allowance. They don’t have to be related to or live with the person that they care for.

To qualify for Carer’s Allowance they should be:

  • Aged 16 or over.
  • Care for a person for a minimum of 35 hours.

When receiving Carer’s Allowance you also receive National Insurance Credits for each week that you receive Carer’s Allowance which is paid automatically. You may also qualify for other benefits.

You can find out more information about Carer’s Allowance here: https://www.gov.uk/carers-allowance

Council Tax Reduction

You can get your council tax discounted with a Council Tax Reduction, formerly Council Tax Benefit, depending on your circumstances.

To be entitled for a Council Tax Reduction the following will be considered:

  • Personal circumstances, such as income, benefits, savings, and pension.
  • The location of the household.
  • The household circumstances, such as your partner’s income and assets.

You can find further information on Council Tax Reduction here: https://www.gov.uk/apply-council-tax-reduction

Important Notice

The information that we have provided regarding home care benefit entitlement is based on information provided by https://www.gov.uk/

You should get in touch with your local authority so that they can assess your individual circumstances and provide you with information regarding the full range of benefits that you are entitled to receive.

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