Wales has a higher proportion of people with lower
financial means compared to the rest of the UK. Changes to the way people pay for care and support which take this into
In 2011 a limit on the amount local
authorities can charge a person for the care they receive at home or
within the community was introduced.
The limit in place is currently £70 per week.
In 2016 a commitment to increase the amount
of capital a person can keep without having to use this to pay for
their residential care was made.
Capital includes savings, investments and the value
of property owned, unless a partner, ex-partner or dependent relative
will remain living in it.
The commitment is to uplift the amount from £24,000
to £50,000, introduced in a staged approach. The amount was raised to
£30,000 from April 2017.