FOI Request - Community Care - Direct Payment Rates

Request 101000356779

What are the direct payment hourly rates for the year 2014/15 analysed by:
1. hiring of a personal assistant

2. hiring of agency care

3. personal assistant sleepover

4. agency sleepover

5. any other used subdivision(s) used

Further, what are the direct payment rates for the year 2014/15 as anlaysed above adjusted for factors such as:
a. evening working

b. weekend working

c. public holidays

d. visits shorter than 1 hour

e. visits requiring more than 1 carer

f. any other adjustments

Finally, what are the additional direct payments rates for the year 2014/15 in regards to:

i. payroll company or software

ii. insurance reimbursement

iii. advertising

iv. training

v. any other factors

Response 24-06-2015

1.  There are 2 unit costs to employ a PA, we have a standard rate of £9.72 (PA gets an hourly rate of £8.04), there is also an enhanced rate with a unit cost of £12.49, where the PA receives an hourly rate of £10.48 per hour.  The enhanced rate is for those service user who have a higher level of need where the work of the PA is more specialised.

2.  The rates in relation to this are dictated by the agency, we do not have capped agency rates.  As SDS allocates individuals an indicative budget, it would be their choice as to which agency they would wish to contract with and the rates that the agency charge in line with their indicative budget.

3.  An 8 hour sleep over rate has a unit cost of £65.93, with the PA receiving a rate of £55.34

4.  Again this would be dictated by the agency, and would depend on an individuals budget

5.  Would be dependent on an individual’s outcome.

Further, what are the direct payment rates for the year 2014/15 as anlaysed above adjusted for factors such as:
a. evening working  As above

b. weekend working  As above

c. public holidays  As above

d. visits shorter than 1 hour  Would be proportionate to the length of visit, for example a half hour visit would be calculated at half the hourly rate, in general PA’s do not do visits less than ½ hour.

e. visits requiring more than 1 carer  This would be directly calculated so 2 carers required for a 1 hour visit would mean funding for 2 hours at the required rate, it would be a direct multiplication of hours for those that were required.

f. any other adjustments  again this would be dependent on an individual’s outcome.

Finally, what are the additional direct payments rates for the year 2014/15 in regards to:

i. payroll company or software  There is an allocation of £7.50 per week to allow individuals to contract with one of our approved payroll providers.  The cost allocated is sufficient to cover the most expensive provider allowing individuals choice to move between them.

ii. insurance reimbursement  We have start-up costs in relation to a DP, and this includes where an individual chooses to employ their own PA the cost of the first year’s insurance which is £135.  We then allocate £2.60 per week to the DP to ensure that there are sufficient funds in the account to pay for the renewal each year.

iii. advertising  dependent upon the requirement of the individual, the rates are not capped but would be looked at on an individual basis as to what is reasonable.

iv. training  This is package dependent, costs for training would be met as a start-up cost to ensure that all PA’s were adequately trained for the job that they are employed to do.  This would be the same for any new starts through the life of the support plan.

v. any other factors Outcome dependent.

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