AA; Attendance Allowance - non-means tested disability benefit for people who are over 65 years of age

Adult Social Care - Otherwise known as Social Services this is the Local Authority responsible for providing services to those  with care and support needs and those who care for them.

BIA; Best Interest Assessor, a professional considering a Deprivation of Liberty Safeguard application

CA;  Carers Allowance - non-means tested benefit for people who are over 16 years and caring for more than 35 hours per week 

CB; Child Benefit is a payment that you can claim for your child, rules changed in 2012 affecting people who earn above £50'000

CC; Continuing care another name for continuing healthcare covers the cost of care for a primarily health need

CCG; Clinical Commissioning Groups are NHS organisations set up by the Health and Social Care Act 2012  to organise the delivery of NHS services in England

CCG; Community Care Grant - abolished by Welfare Reform Act 2012 - Local Authority administers local emergency support from April 2013

CHC; Continuing Healthcare another name for Continuing Care, a package of care paid for by the CCG for a primary health need

COP; Court of Protection appoints, regulates and administers Deputies who manage health/welfare and/or property/finance decisions for someone who no longer has mental capacity to appoint their own

CP;  Carers Premium is an amount that may be added to a means tested benefit claim if you have entitlement to Carers Allowance- even if you are not receiving it

CTB; Council Tax Benefit was abolished by Welfare Reform Act 2012, means tested eligible housing cost payments may still be administered by the District Council until 2017 when Universal Credit is rolled out Nationally. Council Tax exemptions and reductions may apply for example if someone has moved into permanent care

CTR; Council tax Reduction is the replacement  for Council Tax Benefit

DBC; Disability Benefit Centre - or DCS, administers disability benefits for the DWP

DCS; Disability and Carers Service administers AA/DLA/PIP/CA - 0345  605 6055/0345 7 12 34 56

DLA; Disability Living Allowance is a non means tested benefit for someone with a care and/or supervision, mobility need. Abolished by Welfare Reform Act 2012 and replaced by PIP, to be rolled out over the next few years

DoL’s; Deprivation of Liberty safeguards. The Mental Capacity Act Deprivation of Liberty safeguards (formerly known as the Bournewood safeguards) were introduced into the Mental Capacity Act 2005 through the Mental Health Act 2007 to protect people from unlawful deprivation of their liberty

DP; Direct Payments are a way of buying your own services with a budget given by the Local Authority once they have assessed an eligible care need and/or provision 

DP/DPA; Deferred Payment agreements have been around since 2001, allowing local authorities to defer permanent care fees against a charge on property

DST; Decision Support Tool, this is used to determine CHC eligibility

DWP; Department of Works and Pensions is the Government department responsible for welfare benefits/social security benefits

EPA; Enduring powers of attorney have been replaced by lasting powers of attorney. However, they can still be used if they were made and signed before October 2007 when the Mental Capacity Act 20005 came into force.

ESA; Employment Support Allowance CB - Contribution Based (non means tested) and/or IB -Income Based (means tested)

FACS; Fairer Access to Care Services was the criteria  the Local Authority uses to assess an eligible care need before the Care Act 2014 introduced  national eligibility  criteria

GC; Guarantee Credit, an element of the means tested benefit Pension Credit

HB; Housing Benefit, means tested help with housing costs 

IB; Incapacity Benefit, non means tested benefit for those not able to work due to disability or illness (replaced by ESA)

IFA; Independent Financial Adviser

Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB);  is for people who are disabled because of an accident at work, or who have certain diseases caused by their work (but not if this is self-employment)

IS; Income Support, means tested top up benefit being replaced by Universal Credit

JCP; Job Centre Plus manages benefits for working age people

JSA; Jobseekers Allowance CB; Contribution Based/IB; Income Based benefit for people actively seeking work

LPA; Lasting Power of Attorney, brought in by Mental Capacity Act 2005 - came into force Oct 2007 providing for legal representation on another person’s behalf and in their best interest

MASH - Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub, developed by the police, Local Authorities and other agencies to co-locate safeguarding agencies and their data into a secure, research and decision making unit.

MDT; Multi-Disciplinary Team, a meeting of a number of professionals involved with a person's care is called an MDT. It is during one of these that CHC eligibility is discussed and a recommendation made to the CCG

OPG; Office of Public Guardian, manages the register of Attorney's

PB; Personal Budget. This is the amount that the Local Authority has assessed an eligible care need to cost them should they be required to or choose to

PIP; Personal Independence Payment, a non means tested benefit for those with care and /or supervision needs, replaces DLA from April 2013 (Welfare Reform Act 2012) for people of a working age

PC; Pension Credit, a means tested benefit for people over the women’s state retirement pension age

RAS; Resource Allocation System - A system used by Local Authority's to work out the cost of an eligible need care package 

SALT - Speech and Language Therapy

SAQ; Self-assessment questionnaire. This is the form that the Local Authority uses to gather inforamtion to assess a care and support need (paper/web format)

SC; Savings Credit. One of two parts to Pension Credit, you have to be over 65 for this part of the means tested benefit

SDP; Severe Disability Premium. The disability premium on a means tested; Pension Credit

SDS; Self Directed Support. Designed to allow personalisation for care needs, a way for people to buy their care from their own choice of provider

SFC; Statement of Financial Circumstances. A form given/sent by Local Authorities to gather information required to assess a financial contribution

SRP/SP; State Retirement Pension/State Pension

UC; Universal Credit - Replaces means tested working age benefits, brought in by welfare Reform Act 2012

WTC; Working Tax Credit, means tested for those in work on a low income (age and number of employed hour rules apply)

Whether you are an individual, family member or professional,  later life care planning affects us all and it can be both confused and confusing... We hope this Jargon Buster will help but if you would like care and benefit advice please book an appointment or request a call back.


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