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Public Information Notice: Changes to how contributions to some adult care services are calculated

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Public Information Notice: We are changing how we calculate contributions to some adult care services

In November as part of our budget consultation we asked for views on our proposal to change the way we work out how much people need to pay towards their non-residential care services.

Our proposal was to change the Minimum Income Guarantee (MIG) for people under 65 and the amount of Personal Independent Payment (PIP) that some people can keep on top of their Minimum Income Guarantee.

What is the Minimum Income Guarantee (MIG)?

When people pay for their care we look at what they can afford to pay. The Government says that people need a minimum amount of money to live on to pay for things like food and bills. This is called the Minimum Income Guarantee(MIG). We currently use the same amount for everyone, which is £189 a week. However, the Government says that we can use different amounts for different age groups. The current rates for 2019/20 are £132.45 a week for 18 to 24-year-olds, £151.45 a week for 25 to 64-year-olds and £189 a week for people who are 65 and over. The Department of Health could decide to change these rates in the future. 

What is Personal Independence Payment (PIP)?

Personal Independent Payment (PIP) is a benefit that helps people with the extra costs of their disability. PIP is made up of two parts; one part is for getting about (mobility) and we do not and cannot take this into account when working out how much people have to pay for their care. The other part is for help with everyday living like washing and dressing (daily living).
There are two levels of daily living – standard and enhanced rate. Some people get the enhanced daily living rate because they need more help. We do not currently take the full enhanced rate into account when working out how much people must pay. However, the Government says that we can take the full amount into account

The result of our consultation

At its meeting on 11 February 2019, the County Council agreed to go ahead with the proposal to change the way we work out how much people pay for their non-residential care. However, having heard what people said during the consultation, we have decided to introduce the changes in stages, rather than all at once. 
As part of the consultation people told us that they would find financial advice and debt management support helpful along with employment services. We will therefore develop these services using the feedback we received, and the employment services will also include training and skills.

Changes we have agreed

The County Council has agreed to change how we work out people’s charges. This means that we can now use different amounts of MIG for different age groups. It also means that we can now take the full amount of the enhanced rate of PIP into account when working out how much people must pay. 

We are going to introduce the changes in stages, so that people have time to prepare and adjust.

How and when things will change

From 22 July 2019, we will change the MIG for everyone aged 18-64. This means that their minimum income guarantee amount will be £165 a week instead of £189. We will also take an additional £9 of the enhanced rate of PIP into account when working out how much people must pay.
From April 2020 we will change the MIG again for everyone aged 18-64. This means that their minimum income guarantee will be £151.45 a week. We will also take the full amount of the enhanced daily living element of PIP into account when working out how much people must pay.
From April 2021 we will change the MIG for everyone aged 18-24 only. This means that the minimum income guarantee for this age group will be £132.45 a week instead of £151.45

What happens next

We have written to people affected by the change to let them know the outcome of our consultation.

In March 2019 we will let all service users know about annual increases in welfare benefits and inflation can mean adjustments to how much you need to pay towards care services. This is what we do every year when people’s benefits change.

In May 2019 we will write to only those affected about the changes to the Minimum Income Guarantee and the Personal Independent Payment. This will explain how much they need to pay from July 2019 onwards.

Remember: We will not make any changes to how much people must pay without letting them know in plenty of time.

To speak to someone about these changes or request a new financial assessment, a helpline is available on 01603 222133.

You can also write to us at:

Norfolk County Council,
Finance Exchequer Services,
County Hall, 
Martineau Lane,
Norwich NR1 2UE

Email us at [email protected]

Extra help to respond

If you need support, please ask your care worker if you have one or let us know on 01603 222133 or [email protected] and we will do our best to help