Fairer Charging?

In another twist you couldn’t make up, LB got a letter today from Oxfordshire County Council; he has to pay £63.45 a week towards his care, under the Fairer Charging Scheme. I called the guy who explained what it meant but I was too tired to take it in. We left it that LB would pay the backlog that had built up since November when he entered adult non services.

I mentioned it to Rich when he came in from work.

“What care???” he asked, baffled.

“Er. Good point. I dunno, I’ll ring him back and ask him.”

In an almost comedic conversation, cheerful chappy at the Council said that LB has to pay the County Council this contribution towards the cost of his care because he gets a direct payment of £151 per week. This is sitting in a bank account. The fact that we ain’t been able to buy any care is irrelevant. Can we use the direct payments to pay the contribution towards the non care? [I know, my brain nearly melted at this point]. No, that’s not allowed.

In effect LB will be paying the Council for the care we’ve provided.

Direct payments that aren’t used will eventually be reclaimed, and then LB can ask to have the money reimbursed. Now my brain is pretty foggy at the moment, but this whole process is beginning to whiff a little bit.

Update: Payment is being delayed while chappy speaks to the direct payments team about reclaiming the direct payments. This personalisation business is a lark. No care just aggravation.