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Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

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53Direct payments: further provision

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(1)Regulations under section 50, 51 or 52 may also make provision about the following matters (among other matters)—

(a)the manner in which the amounts of the direct payments are to be determined;

(b)the making of direct payments as gross payments or alternatively as net payments;

(c)the determination of—

(i)the financial resources of specified persons, and

(ii)the amount (if any) that it would be reasonably practicable for those persons to pay by way of reimbursement (in the case of gross payments) or contribution (in the case of net payments);

(d)matters to which a local authority may or must have regard when making a decision of a specified type about direct payments;

(e)conditions which a local authority may or must attach, and conditions which it must not attach, in relation to direct payments;

(f)steps which a local authority may or must take before, or after, making a decision of a specified type about direct payments;

(g)support which a local authority must provide or arrange for persons to whom it makes direct payments;

(h)cases or circumstances in which a local authority may act as an agent on behalf of a person to whom direct payments are made;

(i)conditions subject to which, and the extent to which, a local authority’s duty or power to meet a person’s needs for care and support or a carer’s needs for support is displaced by the making of direct payments;

(j)cases or circumstances in which a local authority must not, or is allowed not to, make payments to a person or in relation to a person;

(k)cases or circumstances in which a person who no longer lacks, or who the local authority believes no longer lacks, capacity to consent to the making of direct payments must or may nonetheless be treated for the purposes of sections 50 to 52 as lacking capacity to do so;

(l)cases or circumstances in which a local authority making direct payments may or must review the making of those payments;

(m)cases or circumstances in which a local authority making direct payments may or must—

(i)terminate the making of those payments;

(ii)require the repayment of the whole or part of a direct payment;

(n)the recovery of any amount due to a local authority in connection with the making of direct payments.

(2)In subsection (1)(b) and (c)—

  • “gross payments” means direct payments—

    (a)

    which are made at a rate that the local authority estimates to be equivalent to the reasonable cost of securing the provision of the care and support (or, in the case of carers, the support) in respect of which the payments are made, but

    (b)

    which may be made subject to the condition that a person specified in regulations pays to the authority, by way of reimbursement, an amount or amounts determined under the regulations;

  • “net payments” means direct payments—

    (a)

    which are made on the basis that a person specified in regulations will pay an amount or amounts determined under the regulations by way of contribution towards the cost of securing the provision of the care and support (or, in the case of carers, the support) in respect of which the payments are made, and

    (b)

    which are accordingly made at a rate below the rate the local authority estimates to be equivalent to the reasonable cost of securing the provision of that care and support (or, in the case of carers, that support) so as to reflect the contribution to be made by that person.

(3)Regulations under section 50, 51 or 52 may make provision in relation to direct payments which corresponds to the provision which is made by, or may be made under, sections 59 to 67 or section 73.

(4)For the purposes of subsection (3), provision corresponds to that which is made by or under sections 59 to 67 or section 73 if it makes, in relation to reimbursements or contributions, provision which is in the opinion of the Welsh Ministers equivalent in effect to the provision made by or under those sections in relation to charges for providing or arranging the provision of care and support (or, in the case of carers, support) to meet a person’s needs.

(5)Regulations under section 50, 51 or 52 must require a local authority to take specified steps to enable relevant persons to make informed choices about the use of direct payments.

(6)In subsection (5) “relevant persons” means persons whose consent must be obtained to the making of direct payments under regulations made under section 50, 51 or 52.

(7)Regulations under section 51 must specify that where direct payments are made to a person who receives a benefit falling within a specified category, the payments—

(a)must be made at a rate that the local authority estimates to be equivalent to the reasonable cost of securing the provision of the care and support in respect of which the payments are made, and

(b)must not be made subject to any condition that requires a person to pay any amount to the authority by way of reimbursement.

(8)In subsection (7) “benefit” includes any allowance, payment, credit or loan.

(9)A person to whom a local authority makes a direct payment may, subject to regulations made under section 50, 51 or 52, use the payment to purchase care and support (or, in the case of a carer, support) from any person (including, among others, the authority which made the payment).

(10)A local authority may impose a reasonable charge for the provision of care and support (or, in the case of a carer, support) to meet needs in respect of which a direct payment has been made.

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