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Surely you cannot defer payment of fees when in a care home? Surprising though it may sound it is a fact that if after a financial assessment by the local authority it is the case that a person is unable to pay all their care home fees from their income and other assets (which must fall under the upper capital limit of £23,250) other than through the sale of their home then in those circumstances a local authority must offer them a deferred payments agreement.

Is there an authority for what you say? Yes, sections 34-36 of the Care act 2014 and The Care and Support (Deferred Payment) Regulations 2014. This is a must requirement by a local authority provided they can obtain a first registered charge against a person’s title to their property or another form of adequate authority. If adequate security cannot be provided then in those circumstances a local authority cannot enter into a deferred payments agreement

What can be deferred? The amount agreed for care costs plus the local authority’s administration charges and interest.

How much can be deferred? There is an upper limit which can be deferred and which is 90% of the equity value of the property. From this value is deducted the lower capital limit which every person is allowed to keep namely £14,250. When the deferred payments reach 50% of the equity the local authority should revalue.

Is interest charged? Yes at the prevailing market gilt rate plus 0.15%. Interest is charged on a compound basis meaning that the charge is rendered on the loan outstanding and accumulated interest.

When is the loan repayable? It is repayable on the sale or disposal of the property or 90 days after the date of death of the person concerned. Additionally the person concerned can terminate the arrangement at any time.

To know more and for a free appointment to find out answers to the questions that need answering email Andrew Douglas or his team on ajd@awdrys.co.uk or call us on 0800 072 8636. 


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