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Eligibility - who can apply?

To receive help you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Receive at least £200 per week, or equivalent value, of services or direct payments from your Social Services Department.
  • Be at least 16 and under 66 years old.
  • Receive the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
  • Expect to live in the community for the next six months.
  • Have capital of less than £18,500 (excluding the property you live in). This amount includes any capital your partner may have.

The Fund can pay up to a maximum of £455 per week on top of Social Services input and your assessed contribution (subject to the combined SSD and ILF input not exceeding £785pw).

You do not have to receive Income Support to qualify for an award from the Fund, but your income, and that of your partner if you have one (excluding any earned income) will be considered in any assessment.

In all cases we would expect you to contribute half of your care component of DLA, and all of your Severe Disability Premium, if paid to you with your Income Support, towards your care costs.

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