Contributions to Care Costs

This information can be found, and has been sourced from the Bracknell Forest Council website

The council is entitled to ask for contributions to any support given to people. A Fairer Contributions policy provides a fair assessment of how much you will need to contribute to costs. This policy is designed so that people know up front how much they will need to contribute.

There is a different policy for fees for residential and nursing care.

Free services
Some services do not require you to make a contribution. These are:

  • Assessment, support planning, care management and Intermediate Care
  • Community equipment services costing less than £1,000, as defined in the Community Care (Delayed Discharges etc.) Act 2003
  • Services for children except where the child has, in his or her own right, substantial income or substantial capital which generates income

Rate of contributions
The scale of contributions you will be asked to pay is determined by your finances, meaning you will never have to pay more than you can afford. The way your contributions are calculated is as follows:

  • If you have more than £23,250 savings or capital (excluding the value of your main home) you will be asked to contribute the total cost of your support
  • If you have less than £23,250 savings or capital the council will need to financially assess you to work out how much, if anything, you should contribute towards your support. You will pay the ‘assessed contribution’, or the cost of your support, whichever is lower. This will be the maximum you are assessed as being able to contribute
  • If you don’t want to tell the council about your finances, you can opt to pay the full cost of your support

The council is committed to ensuring it uses a consistent and fair method of asking people to contribute to their care and support costs. However if you are not happy with a decision made in regards to your contributions, you can contact the Financial Assessment team to ask them to check the details you have been given.