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Community Care – Residential Accommodation Charging

In England, Northern Ireland and Wales, once you have need to enter residential care, assessments are followed to calculate the total cost of the care.

There are different rules set for charging and the factsheet described below provides an overview of the basic qualification, eligibility and conditions regarding the residential accommodation that has been selected.

The factsheet also provides brief information for charging for residential accommodation in Scotland.

Information in the factsheet includes the following:

  • The assessment computation.
  • Similarities to other pensions or support.
  • Contributions and allowances.
  • Rules for temporary residents.
  • Amount to pay.

The Charging for Residential Accommodation Guide (CRAG) provides detailed guidance and is used by Local Authorities in assessments. CRAG contains the following 12 sections.

  • Introduction.
  • Less dependent residents.
  • Temporary residents.
  • Couples.
  • Personal expenses allowance.
  • Capital.
  • Treatment of property.
  • Income other than earnings.
  • Earnings.
  • Trust funds.
  • Third party payments and top-ups.
  • Students.

This factsheet provides an introduction to how charging for residential accommodation works.