May 17 2015
If you get care funding from your local council this is often not free and you will have to have a financial assessment to see how much they will ask you to pay towards your care. In order to reduce the amount you have to pay for your care here is a list of Disability Related Expenses which they should disregard as available income, thus reducing the amount they ask you to pay.
These are not costs you can claim for.
This is not an exhaustive list and if there are any glaring omissions please let us know.
On the ILF email group we’ve been chatting about Disability Related Expenditure and I have collated people’s suggestions which have been very helpful.
It was suggested that to prove something is a “disability related expenditure”, not an expense that non – disabled people would also have, we could also give the reason why someone says that it is “disability related” e.g you could argue that a food processor is a “disability related” expense if you have an impairment which causes difficulties with chopping fruit/vegetables – by having the food processor it means that you don’t have to rely on another person to help you preparing / making meals. (although this example is useful bear
in mind that it could lead to your care funding being reduced if social services decided the food processor meant you didn’t need any other support)
You could argue that, as a visually impaired person, you need a large print crossword book, which costs more than a regular crossword book. The difference in price would be the disability related expenditure.
A lot of councils will not take transport cost into account because they can’t take the mobility component into account – but if you can demonstrate that your full mobility component goes on the hire of your vehicle, then you can argue that fuel costs are a disability related expenditure as there is no other suitable alternative transport.
There are definitely many expenses that people don’t even think of, or expenses that people find hard to justify to the council – so giving a list of expenditure with reasons why they are “disability related” can often swing it.
And here are some list
Disability related expenditure list
Community Alarm Electric and gas 30 % ( Heating, Laundry due to arthritis/pain/health)
Electrical Gadgets – all of which use more electricity then non-disabled people would need to use
Computer/Broadband – social/voluntary activities /computer equipment (mouse/dropped regularly and needing replacement)