What are Disability Related Expenditure disregards?
For people who get a disability related benefit (Attendance Allowance, Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment) we take into consideration any additional costs that you may have which are due to your disability. We call these Disability Related Expenditure (DRE) disregards.
You can claim a DRE if you need to buy an additional service or specialist equipment that is not provided by either the council or the health service.
There are four types of DRE:
If you need help to maintain your home and have to pay extra costs for this service, such as extra cost of fuel for your disability.
If you need to look after yourself and have to pay extra costs for personal needs, such as laundry due to incontinence.
If you have to pay extra for your transport needs and do not receive a mobility allowance.
If you need another person's help to access services such as shops, cinema and social activities.
To claim a DRE you need to tell us about the service or equipment you have purchased and you will need to provide receipts.
The decision about whether you are eligible for a DRE is discretionary and based on your individual circumstances. We will be able to advise you which ones to claim at the time of completing your Customer Financial Statement form.
If there is a temporary break in my services, will I still be expected to pay my assessed contributions?
Yes. A personal budget allows you to flex how you spend the funding and you can carry forward credits, so we expect you to contribute for the whole time your personal budget is in place.
If there is a longer break in your services, for example due to being in a hospital or care home, your personal budget and your contribution will be suspended. You will need to inform your case worker if this applies to you.
If you do go into a care home (residential or nursing) for a longer time, it may affect your benefits. You must inform the Department of Works and Pensions (DWP) of any changes.
If you have an appointee or representative acting on your behalf, they should do this for you.
Will my partner's income and savings affect my claim?
We will ignore all income belonging solely to your partner.
Some benefits such as Pension Credit or Income Support are paid to one person but are for both partners. If you are receiving these benefits, we will take half of the benefit into consideration.
We will ignore any savings held solely by your partner. If you have joint savings with your partner we will only take half of it into consideration.
When we work out the Customer Financial Statement for one member of a couple, we will ensure that the other partner is left with an appropriate amount for living expenses according to Government guidance.