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Charges for social care servicesThe Council sets a charge for most of the social care services provided. These services include residential care homes and nursing homes, day care, home care, community support, and adaptations to property. Only some people have to pay the full cost of the service but the amount you may have to pay will depend on the amount of money you have.
This means that alongside a needs assessment for the support and care you may need, a financial assessment is also carried out. The financial assessment takes into account your individual financial position and is used to check you have the correct state benefits. The assessment will work out how much you need to pay towards the service you receive and how much the council will pay.
If you choose not to provide a statement of your finances, you will be required to pay the actual cost of the service yourself.
Further detailed information can be found in the City Council's Social Care Charging Policy 2012 [PDF 88KB]. The Council also provides the following brief information sheets which explain how these charges are calculated:
Financial information sheets April 2011-March 2012
You can download or view the following information sheets:
- Charges for Non-Residential Services 2012-2013 [60KB]
- Charges for Residential & Nursing Home Care 2012-2013 [130KB]
- Charges for Residential & Nursing Home Care for Homeowners 2012-2013 [119KB]
- Deferred Payments Scheme (for Long-term Residential Care)2012 [36KB]
- Social Care Charging Policy 2012-2013 [88KB]
Paying for services on-lineYou can pay for your day and home care services on-line through our secure server. Go to the payments page by clicking the button below and select 'home/day care charges' from the drop down list. Then simply follow the instructions to make your payment.
For further informationIt is not possible to include all the detailed and complicated rules about calculating charges in the Information Sheets.
If you would like more information, please contact:
Financial Assessment and Welfare Rights Team
Adult Social Care
Brighton & Hove City Council
3rd Floor, Bartholomew House
Bartholomew Square, Brighton BN1 1JP
Tel: (01273) 295660 - residential charges
Tel: (01273) 295662 - non-residential charges
Please visit our Income Collection page for information about the council's debt recovery policy.
Further general information is provided by Think Local, Act Personal in their guide Paying for long-term care in England.pdf [384 kb].