Paying for care

Some social care services are chargeable but not everyone has to pay the full cost - we may contribute towards the cost of your care.

To work out how much we will contribute, we do a financial assessment. This takes into account:

  • Your own finances, including your share of finances you jointly hold with another person
  • Income from all sources, net earnings and all social security benefits, except the mobility component of the Disability Living Allowance/Personal Independence Payment
  • Capital from all sources, including the capital value of any property you own
  • Spending needed to maintain household expenses/personal allowance.

The sooner we do this, the quicker we can give you clear information about how much your care will cost.

If you do not wish to disclose your financial details, you will have to pay the full charge for care. Most people who return the form pay less.

You need to provide evidence of the information you give us such as:

  • The letter you received from the Department for Work & Pensions informing you about your benefits or pension
  • Current bank statements
  • Share certificates.

Complete a financial information form

If you, or your representative, need help to fill in the form or would like a paper copy, call the Finance Team on 0131 270 6777.

Financial information form and notes

For more information please see our Charging policy (PDF).  The charging policy complies with COSLA's National Strategy and Guidance for Charges Applying to Non Residential Social Care Services, the National Assistance Act 1948 and the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992.

Personal Assistants

If you receive a Direct Payment for Self-Directed Support, you can employ a Personal Assistant using the funds.