Self-Funders and Charging Proposals

Closed 31 May 2022

Opened 18 Oct 2021

Results updated 27 Jun 2022

Thank you to all who participated in the consultation about charges for self-funders, the survey is now closed. We are analysing the information and your views will help our decision-making.

You can view the results of the survey via the link below

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Overview

This survey has been extended until 31 May, in order to reach out to more residents, their families and/or representatives and voluntary sector groups

Hounslow Council has a Self-funder Policy, which states that the Council can charge self-funders for arranging and reviewing their care and support.  Historically, Hounslow Council have not charged self-funders, but is now consulting about implementing these charges. 

Hounslow Council's Self-Funder Policy

A self-funder is someone who pays for their own care.

You may be a self-funder if:

  • You have savings over £23,250.
  • You own your own home.
  • You don’t want to complete a financial assessment.
  • You want to arrange your care yourself.

Self Funder - Fact Sheet

Self Funder - Easy Read

Can I still get help from the Council if I am a Self-Funder?

  • Yes, you can.

  • We can help you to have care in your own home.

  • This can involve:

  • Information about local services.
  • Help find a personal assistant or care agency.
  • Help with preparing a support plan.
  • Review of a support plan.
  • Making payments to your care provider.
  • Carrying out a financial assessment.
  • Advice and Guidance about your finances.
  • Help to keep you safe from abuse.
  • Help you to deal with any complaints.

This is about the proposed charges: 

  •  We will charge £300 to arrange your support plan.

  • We will charge £200 to review your support plan (once a year).

  • We will not charge you for your intial eligiblity assessment.

How did we calculate these charges? 

  • We undertook a benchmarking exercise and looked at a sample of what other local authorities charge self-funders. 
  • We carried out a cost analysis exercise and worked out average costs of the resources used by the local authority to provide a service to self-funders.  

 Why are we doing this? 

  • The Care Act 2014, allows Local Authorities to charge people for arranging and reviewing their care. 
  • Arranging services on behalf of self-funders takes time and resources from the Local Authority.

  • This proposal is necessary to ensure the long-term sustainability of this service which is expected to grow as the number of self-funders seeking arrangement of their care also increases.

Our plan going forward is to:

  • Hold focus groups with residents, their families and/or representatives, week commencing  23 May, online and/or face to face.
  • Hold focus groups with voluntary agencies, week commencing 23 May, online and/or face to face.

Why your views matter

Your views are important to us and your feedback will assist us with our decision making. 

We will be writing to all self-funders and tell them of our plans.  We will also tell people through our Hounslow Website https://www.hounslow.gov.uk/ and our online directory Care Place https://www.careplace.org.uk

 

What happens next

Thank you for your interest, this survey is now closed.

We will collate and analyse the feedback received. We will produce a report in July outlining our decisions based upon the feedback we have received. A hard copy of the information will be made available on request.

Areas

  • All Areas

Interests

  • Adult Services