Charging for social care
If you need social care services, the local authority may ask you to pay towards the cost. This section looks at when social services may charge you for non-residential care services and services you get in the community.
- The local authority has a choice whether or not to charge you for ‘non-residential’ social care services. The Care Act 2014 has set out a standard way to charge for care.
- Community care charges are different around the country. This factsheet gives an overview of the charging system.
- You will get free aftercare services if you are under section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983.
- If you are not happy with the amount your local authority is charging, then you should ask for a review of your circumstances.
This section covers:
- What are non-residential social care services?
- When can I be charged for non-residential social care services?
- What about my personal budget?
- Will I have to pay if I get services under Section 117’ aftercare?
- I am a carer; will the local authority charge me?
- What if I cannot afford the charges?
- How can I deal with problems about charges?
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in April 2016. Next review April 2018.
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