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Equitable Charges

Why are charges changing?

This is the final stage of putting into place the charging policy agreed following feedback from a public consultation in 2015. This means that day services will be brought into line with all other care services, with the full cost of care being passed through to the user, limited by the individuals’ maximum ability to pay as set out in their financial assessment.

When will the changes take effect?

The changes will be brought in over two stages. At all points, charges are limited by the individual’s maximum ability to pay as set out in in their financial assessment.

For care from Sunday 8 September onwards, the charge for a day at a day centre will rise to £45 and the transport will be £10 each way.

For care from Sunday 6 October onwards the full cost of care will be chargeable.

The rate of £45 is half way between the current billing totals and the anticipated billing totals after full costs have been applied.

What are the actual costs of care?

The costs are:

  • Dorset Council transport - £10 each way
  • Tricuro day centre – Low needs assessment - £48 per day (£24 per session)
  • Tricuro day centre – Medium needs assessment - £57 per day (£28.50 per session)
  • Tricuro day centre – High needs assessment - £95 per day (£47.50 per session)
  • Independent day centre – the invoiced cost of the service paid by Dorset Council

How does my financial assessment affect what I will be billed?

A financial assessment limits the amount you will be charged for your care.

As an example, take the case of someone who attends a Tricuro day centre once a week with a support assessment of “Medium” and using Dorset Council transport. The cost of this will be £57 + £20 = £77.  The previous cost of this was £25.26 + £5.64 = £30.90.

If your financial assessment shows all you can afford to pay is £20, then you will be not be affected by the increased charges as your bill is already limited to a maximum of £20.

If your financial assessment shows you can afford to pay £50, then your charge will rise from £30.90 to £50, but it will be limited to this level as this is your financially assessed maximum ability to pay.

If your financial assessment shows you can afford to pay more than £77 then you will be charged the full cost of the care.

I currently pay the day centre for my transport – will this change?

Yes. All charges for transport run by Dorset Council will form part of your bill from Sunday 8 September onwards. If you currently pay the day centre for transport, please continue to do this until Saturday 7 September.

If you pay for the day centre attendance privately but use Dorset Council transport, then you will need to be set up in Dorset Council’s billing systems, so you may be contacted over the summer to put this in place.

When will I get the invoice for this care?

Dorset Council sends invoices for non-residential care approximately 4 weeks after the care period has ended. This means we can confirm that care was delivered and that your bills are accurate.

Invoices for care for the period Sunday 8 September to Saturday 5 October will be raised in the week ending Friday 8 November.

Invoices for care for the period Sunday 6 October to Saturday 2 November will be raised in the week ending Friday 6 December.

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