This note sets out the means-test that applies to care home residents and those in other settings (such as care at home) in need of social care, and provides information on personal budgets.Jump to full report >>
From April 2015, new rules apply in respect of those who either reside in a care home, or receive domiciliary care (i.e. care at home) and are in need of care and support from their local authority. The rules are set out in the Department of Health’s Care and Support Statutory Guidance.
This note applies to England only.
Further information on the current social care funding system can be found in:
It had been planned that a more generous means-test and a cap limiting the amount a person had to contribute during their lifetime to their social care funding would be introduced in April 2016; these were postponed in an announcement made by the Government in July 2015. Further information can be found in the following Library briefing papers:
Commons Briefing papers SN01911
Author: Tim Jarrett
Topic: Community care