Care Cost

So once again I’m left confused and puzzled by the stupidity of the government.

I rely on care for quite basic functions, i.e. Shower, Toileting and Cooking. I get 4 single handed visits a day. I accept I should contribute towards the cost of this care. However Liberata (The company who manage the money side of care) have increased my contribution from £17.70/week to £62.55/week

While this is a lot, the logic behind the increase is mad

I get
ESA (Employment and Support Allowance)
DLA (Disabillity Living Allowance) Higer Rate Care & Mobility.

Point 1
I only pay for my care as I get ESA
Point 2
From DLA – Care £27.20 & £11.00 are disreguarded. No explanation as to how these figures are reached is given.
Point 3
The apporatily named DLA Care is mostly ignored.

1. Overview
If you’re ill or disabled, Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) offers you:

  1. financial support if you’re unable to work
  2. personalised help so that you can work if you’re able to

You can apply for ESA if you’re employed, self-employed or unemployed.
You might be transferred to ESA if you’ve been claiming other benefits like Income Support or Incapacity Benefit.


1. Overview
Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is a tax-free benefit for disabled people who need help with mobility or care costs.

DLA is ending for people who were born after 8 April 1948 and are 16 or over.

You can only make a new DLA claim if you’re under 16.

You’ll continue to get DLA until the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) writes to tell you about when it will end. The letter will invite you to apply for a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP) and tell you what to do next.

Use the PIP checker to find out how your DLA will be affected by PIP.

Your DLA will continue if you were born on or before 8 April 1948. You’re not then entitled to claim PIP.


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Daniel McMorrow

40 Year old disabled geek,

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