Part of the Care and Support Charging and Financial Assessment Framework
If you receive Attendance Allowance or Personal Independence Payment or Disability Living Allowance an allowance is made in your non-residential financial assessment for additional expenses due to disability or medical condition.
We apply a standard allowance of £5 per week unless you ask us for a full assessment of your disability-related expenses.
Disability-related expenses are considered when:
This guide sets out our usual standard or maximum allowances for a full assessment of disability-related expenses.
|Disability-related expense item||Amount considered in assessment||Evidence required|
|Community Alarm System||Actual cost paid unless included in Housing Benefit award||Bills/bank statements|
|Privately-arranged registered care services and medical treatments/therapies – if it is part of the agreed care and support and council-arranged support is reduced accordingly||Actual cost paid up to a maximum of £1383 per year (average £26.60 per week)||Bills/receipts from provider|
|Private domestic help – where Social Care Assessment confirms this is necessary due to disability and isn’t provided through Council-arranged support.||Actual cost paid up to £20.00 per week for single person household or cost proportionately divided by the number of other adult household members.||Bills/receipts from provider for at least 4 weeks|
|Additional laundry and replacement bedding costs (where more than 4 loads washing/week needed due to incontinence or other disability-related or medical reason)||An amount of £3.76 per week.||Assessment confirms need|
|Additional cost of specialist dietary items required due to confirmed medical condition or disability||Actual cost paid for specific dietary items purchased due to illness or disability||Details and receipts of specialist dietary purchases|
|Essential equipment purchased due to disability/condition to support independent living at home (if not supplied free of charge, through Adult Care or Health, and not supplied through a Disabled Facilities Grant)||Manual wheelchair – actual cost paid divided by 250 up to a maximum of £1.10 per week |
Powered wheelchair or mobility scooter – actual cost paid divided by 500 up to a maximum of £5.45 per week
Powered riser/recliner chair – actual cost paid divided by 500 up to a maximum of £3.58 per week
Other essential equipment :
1 – Item costing £1,000 or more – actual cost paid, divided by 500
2 – Equipment costing £100 – £1000 – actual cost paid divided by 250
3 – Equipment costing less than £100 – actual cost paid divided by 52 weeks
Other equipment may include stair lift, powered bed, turning bed, mobility equipment.
|Evidence of purchase (bill, receipt)|
In cases of doubt, social care worker or Occupational Therapist to confirm purchase is an essential requirement
|Essential equipment maintenance/repair (if not maintained by social services)||Actual cost of maintaining equipment – costs would be relevant to the items listed above||Bills/receipts from provider, bank statements, or maintenance contract showing cost.|
|Specialist clothing and footwear and replacements due to wear and tear||Expenditure on footwear over £38 per pair of specialist shoes (averaged over 1 year). |
For specialist clothing and frequent replacements – up to £6.91 per week – if good reason.
|Receipts or cheque stubs|
|Additional heating Allowance||Actual gas and electricity paid, averaged over one year, minus the annual average amounts |
Annual Average fuel amounts:
Flat/Terrace – single occupancy – £1,159
Flat/Terrace – couple/shared occupancy – £1,529
Semi-detached – single occupancy – £1,231
Semi-detached – couple/shared occupancy: £1625
Detached – single occupancy £1,497
Detached – couple/shared occupancy £1,974
|Bills from Provider|
|Chiropody||Actual cost up to a maximum £133.78 averaged over one year (equivalent to max £2.57/week), if NHS chiropodist not available (based on 6 weekly visits).||Receipts or cheque stubs|
|Travel and transport costs where social services have confirmed need for specialist transport requirements.||Actual costs, net of any DLA Mobility received, or PIP Mobility received, if they are incurred solely or mainly due to disability and the needs are identified in the Assessment. |
Allow actual commercial costs (if reasonable) up to £23.43/week or more if evidence is provided.
Allow payments to relatives if up to £11.71/week.
|Bills/Receipts where applicable|
|Prescriptions, medical and chemist items||Actual cost if not supplied free through the NHS or the cost of annual season ticket (divided by 52 weeks), whichever is less. Allowed when recommended by a GP or specialist.||Receipts / evidence of season ticket|
|Hair Washing||Actual cost paid for washing & drying service if can’t do this and it is not part of the care package. Actual average weekly cost up to £6.72 per week.||Bills/Receipts|
|Water Meter Charges||Metered amounts in excess of £418 per year (average annual household bill).||Bills|
|Continence products |
(where social care assessment confirms need and
products are not available through the NHS)
|Actual cost paid for waterproof under sheet / bed pads|
An amount of £10.00 per week for up to six weeks where buying own incontinence pads ahead of an NHS continence assessment.
(Incontinence pads are available through the NHS Continence Service free of charge and will not generally be considered as an ongoing expense)
|Other disability related expenses||Other specific disability-related expenses may be allowed with good reason and proof of costs.||Proof of costs required|
Please Note: We won’t consider costs incurred for: