A National working group has been set up by COSLA to try and bring some changes to this patchwork of care charges. However it will not bring any quick fixes. This year they hope to do no more than harmonise income disregards.
We have produced a “Universal Calculator” to show how much your charges might vary from one local authority to another. You enter your income and expenditure, then fill in your housing support and how much you will pay in Inverness, Aberdeen or Glasgow is displayed.
It is an excel spreadsheet in which you can enter the appropriate income and expenditure you have and then add the hours of support and number of times a week you go to a day centre. Care charges will be calculated automatically.
This Universal Calculator is based on published information from local authorities all over the country. Some of the care services is different areas are not comparable in different areas and charges may vary as a result.
This is not the same as a financial assessent by a local authority and you should always seek the advice of local authority staff over what you will pay according to your circumstances. In some areas transitional protection is in place and you may pay less than is shown by the calculator. In other cases, local authorities will help you claim benefits that you do not already get and this may increase your income. In such cases you might be better off even though you are paying care charges.