FOI Request - Means Testing - War Pension Payments

Request 101000304895

1. When means testing to determine how much an individual has to pay towards their social care costs;
(a) How much an individual's War Pension payments does the council currently routinely disregard?

(b) Since 2008, has the council ever fully disregarded an individual's War Pension payments?

(c) Since 2008, has the council changed the amount it routinely disregards from an individual's War Pension payments?

(d) if the answer to (c) is yes, please outline the change(s) made including the date(s) when the change in policy was implemented.

2. When means testing to determine entitlement to Council Tax support (or Council Tax Benefit when applicable);
(a) How much of an individual's War Pension payments does the council currently routinely disregard?

(b) Since 2008, has the council ever fully disregarded an individual's War Pension payments?

(c) Since 2008, has the council changed the amount it routinely disregards from an individual's War Pension payments?

(d) If the answer to (c) is yes, please outline the change(s) made including date(s) when the change in policy was implemented.

3. When means testing to determine entitlement to Council Tax support (or Council Tax Benefit when applicable);
(a) How much of an individual's Armed Forces Compensation Scheme Guaranteed Income Payment (AFCS GIPs) does the council currently routinely disregard?

(b) Since 2008, has the council every fully disregarded an individual's AFCS GIP?

(c) Since 2008, has the council changed the amount it routinely disregards from an individual's AFCS GIP?

(d) If the answer to (c) is yes, please outline the change(s) made including date(s) when change in policy was implemented.

4.    Does the council plan to alter its current disregard policies for AFCS GIP and War Pension recipients, when means testing for social care or Council Tax Support, within the next financial year? If yes, please outline the proposed changes.

Response 17-12-2014

1(a). Non Residential Care
                 £10 per week disregarded
                 War Widows Pension (Pre 1973) – Full amount disregarded

                 Permanent Care
                 £10 per week disregarded
                 War Widows Pension (Pre 1973) – Full amount disregarded

1(b). Yes – see above (a) re War Widows Pension (Pre 1973) – Full amount disregarded

1(c). No – see above (a)

1(d). N/A

2(a) The disregard for council tax reduction is 100%. This is through The Scottish Parliament and not the DWP.

2(b) Yes

2(c) No

2(d) N/A

3.(a) The disregard for council tax reduction is 100%. This is through The Scottish Parliament and not the DWP.

3(b). YES. AFIP is fully disregarded as income in the Housing Benefit (HB) calculation (HB regs schedule 5(6) )

3(c). No

3(d). N/A

4. No

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