Views needed on proposed changes to fees for care and support services for self-funders

Hounslow Council are considering plans to introduce charges for self-funders who use the Local Authority to arrange care and support services.

Published: Monday, 18th October 2021

Man listening to views

Service users, family and support members and stakeholders are being asked for their views.  We are also contacting each service user individually who will be affected by the pans.

What is a self-funder?

A self-funder is someone who pays the full cost of the care and support series which they require to live independently in their own home or a care home.

Self -funders are usually advised to purchase any care any care and support services from the private independent care providers instead of the Local Authority. For various reasons, people with eligible care needs and financial assets above the threshold (£23,250) may ask the Local Authority to meet their care needs. 

Why are these plans being considered?

The Care Act allows the Local Authority to charge self-funders a fee for making arrangements and for reviewing support plans, however Hounslow have not done this in the past.  Consultation is now being carried out to seek views on these plans in light of growing financial pressures and the projected increased demand for this service in coming years.  Proposed changes will not come into effect until April 2022.

When is the consultation open and how do I give my views?

The consultation runs from 18 October 2021 to 31 January 2022.

Where can I get more information?

You can find out more and give your views here:

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