Charging for care and support in the home and in the community

Royal Borough of Greenwich will charge for most care and support services to support you at home or to make use of your community. This charge is vital - if we did not charge it would not be possible to help everyone who needs support.

Some services are free. These include:

  • advice, advocacy and information
  • assessment of your needs and financial assessment
  • voluntary and community advice and support services
  • reablement is free for up to six weeks where you are eligible
  • services provided by the NHS
  • aftercare provided under s.117 of the Mental Health Act
  • equipment and adaptations, costing under £1,000, when you are eligible.

How is it calculated?

What you pay depends on your financial situation and is determined by a financial assessment which looks at your income, savings and capital, and your expenses.

For care at home and in the community, we do not include your main property in our calculation.

If you have over £23,250 in savings or capital, you will pay the full cost and a small administration fee for arranging your care.

Some people on a very low income will not pay a charge.

Most people will pay a weekly contribution to their care costs.

We will work out whether you can receive help to pay for the cost of your care, and if so what your weekly contribution will be.

Most people will pay at least a contribution to their care costs, but some people with a very low income will receive full financial assistance and will not have to pay.

To find out more about how charges are calculated, please see the supporting information below.

Supporting information