After the needs assessment, social services should assess your relative’s financial circumstances, using their own financial assessment criteria. They should not take the family or carer’s financial circumstances into account when conducting this assessment.
Local authorities fund support in different ways. The local authority can provide support directly as a service. Alternatively, you can also take more control over support by using direct payments.
Whilst many people have their support funded or provided for by local authorities, some people choose to self-fund i.e. pay for support themselves. If a person has savings or assets that are over a certain amount (currently (2018) £23,250 in England) they will be required to pay for all of their own support until they drop below this threshold.