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Paying for social services

Most people have to pay something towards the social care services they get. They're provided by your local council, who'll assess you to see if you qualify for them.

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In Northern Ireland health and social care trusts, not local councils, provide social care services. So where we talk about councils here, for you this means your local trust.

First your council will do an assessment of what care and support you need. If this finds that you qualify for help, your council will look at your finances to work out how much you need to pay towards it.

In Scotland all adults can get free personal care if their local council has ruled that they qualify for it. Personal care covers help with getting up, washed, or dressed, eating or going to the toilet. The council may charge for non-personal care, for example shopping and help with housework, depending on their charging policy and the outcome of a financial assessment

Your council will ask you about your savings, any welfare benefits you get, and money you have coming in from a pension or private income (such as rent that people pay you). How much you're allowed in savings may be different depending on where you live.

If you disagree with how much you're asked to pay, you can appeal against the decision.

If you qualify for help paying for your social care, there's now much more choice about how you use it to pay for services.

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