This House of Commons Library briefing paper provides information about the means-test that applies to care home residents and those in other settings (such as those receiving care at home) in need of social care, and provides information on personal budgets.Jump to full report >>
Since April 2015, new rules have applied on paying for care 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 (last updated in August 2017).
At present, the value of a person’s home is only taken into account in the means-test if they are a care home resident - even then there a number of circumstances where it has to be disregarded (e.g. if a spouse and certain other relatives continues to live it), and local authorities also have a general discretion to choose to disregard it.
In terms of possible reforms, information can be found in the Library briefing paper Social care: Conservative manifesto's commitments on the means-test including the £100,000 limit (England). For background on previous proposals for social care reform, see Social care: Government reviews and policy proposals for paying for care since 1997 (England).
This note applies to England only.
Further information on the current social care funding system can be found in: