Council Praised For Lack Of Care ‘Top Up’ Payments

Park House

Park House

A national charity has marked our Council as ‘good’ in a survey of care home ‘top-up’ payments.

Independent Age say that families can end up subsidising elderly relatives’ care home fees because councils don’t give them advice that they have to provide by law.

Sometimes top-up payments are made to supplement the statutory council-funded care to pay for a better room or one with a view. But they are not compulsory and councils should tell relatives that and check that they can afford to pay.

The charity contacted 152 local authorities to ask whether they made this clear. Only 36 councils said they did.

Scilly’s council was given the ‘good’ grading as we’re one of just three authorities that don’t have any top ups fees at all.

The Council responded to the charity’s Freedom of Information request stating, “We have no clients who are receiving a third party top-up”.

The other councils are Tameside in Greater Manchester and Tower Hamlets in London.

“Clearly Scilly doesn’t have much in common with either Tameside or Tower Hamlets,” said Community Services Chairman Richard McCarthy.

“But it’s nice to know that along with these two areas, our Authority has been singled out for praise by playing fair with the relatives of people in our residential home Park House and not extracting top-up payments from them to supplement means-tested Council funding,” he added.