Councils barred from including cost of living payments towards care costs

Disability charities feared local authorities would be permitted to use disabled people's cost of living payments as money for their care.

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The government has stated that disabled young people and adults who are paying for social care services would not have their cost of living payments included towards their costs. This applies to both disabled young people and disabled adults.

A significant number of disabled adults older than 18 years old contribute monetarily to the cost of the social care services they get.

After applying fees, the government at the local level is obligated to ensure that citizens are still left with a certain amount of cash.

Charities representing people with disabilities dreaded the possibility that local governments would use disabled people’s cost of living assistance payments as money for their care, provided that the disabled people were given the bare minimum.

It has now been confirmed by the UK government that local councils would not be permitted to act in this manner.

This means that persons with disabilities will be allowed to continue receiving the cost of living payments to which they are entitled.

During this time of soaring energy costs, the government is providing financial assistance to low-income and disabled households in the form of cost-of-living payments.

Commenting last month on the payments, Work and Pensions Secretary Thérèse Coffey said: “With millions of the lowest-income households soon seeing the first of two cash instalments land into their bank accounts, we are taking action to directly help families with the cost of living.

“This one-off payment totalling £650 is part of our £37 billion cost of living support package that will put an extra £1,200 into the pockets of those most in need.”

The then Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak added: “We have a responsibility to protect those who are paying the highest price for rising inflation, and we are stepping up to help.

“In July over 8 million people will get their first £326 payment to help with rising prices, as part of a package worth at least £1,200 for vulnerable families.

“I said we would stand by people when they needed help, and we are.”

For questions about eligibility please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/cost-of-living-payment

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