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A Summary of Local Authority Charging Procedures For Permanent Accommodation

1 May 1997

A Summary of Local Authority Charging Procedures For Permanent Accommodation

Standard Rate

Section 26(2) National Assistance Act 1948 requires Local Authorities to set the standard rate for accommodation in homes, not managed by the Local Authority, to be equal to the gross cost to the Local Authority of providing, or purchasing the accommodation under a contract with the independent sector home.

A contract made with an independent home must include arrangements for the Local Authority to pay an agreed and specified amount to the home for accommodation.

Assessing Ability to Pay

Where a resident is unable to pay either the standard rate of the actual cost incurred by the Local Authority, the Local Authority must assess the resident's ability to pay using the regulations of The National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulation 1992.

Social Security Benefits

Residents are entitled to Inco...

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