Self-funding residents at risk of pension credit claw-back

Posted on September 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Care home fees advice group, the NHFA, has warned that self-funding residents may become victims of “claw-back” action by government as a result of confusion at the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) in the implementation of the pension credit “assessed income period”. NHFA says The Social Security State Pension Credit Regulations 2002 state that an assessed income period, normally five years, will end before the planned date if: # You stop being treated as a member of a couple (for example, if your husband or wife dies or goes permanently into a care home, or you or your partner are in hospital for more than a year); # You go permanently into a care home; # Your entitlement to pension credit ends. NHFA advisers say they inform clients of the regulations, but when individuals moving into a care home then notify the DWP of the change in their circumstances (which should result in the assessed period ending) they are being sent away. NHFA says DWP personnel are incorrectly ignoring the event, telling clients

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