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The Care and Support (Choice of Accommodation) (Wales) Regulations 2015

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Title, commencement, application and interpretation

1.—(1) The title of these Regulations is the Care and Support (Choice of Accommodation) (Wales) Regulations 2015.

(2) These Regulations come into force on 6 April 2016 and apply in relation to Wales.

(3) In these Regulations—

“the Act” (“y Ddeddf”) means the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014;

“care home accommodation” (“llety cartref gofal”) means—

(a)

accommodation in a care home within the meaning given by section 3 of the Care Standards Act 2000(1) where the accommodation is in Wales or England;

(b)

accommodation in a care home service within the meaning given by paragraph 2 of Schedule 12 to the Public Services Reform (Scotland) Act 2010(2) where the accommodation is in Scotland; or

(c)

accommodation in a residential care home within the meaning given by article 10 of the Health and Personal Social Services (Quality, Improvement and Regulation) (Northern Ireland) Order 2003(3) where the accommodation is in Northern Ireland;

“preferred accommodation” (“llety sy’n cael ei ffafrio”) means the accommodation for which a person for whom it is to be provided expresses a preference in accordance with regulation 2(b).

Choice of accommodation

2.  Where—

(a)a local authority(4) is going to meet needs under sections 35 to 38 of the Act by providing or arranging for the provision of care home accommodation in the United Kingdom;

(b)the person for whom the accommodation is to be provided expresses a preference for a particular care home; and

(c)the conditions in regulation 3 are met,

the local authority must provide or arrange for the provision of the preferred accommodation in accordance with these Regulations.

Conditions for provision of preferred accommodation

3.—(1) The following conditions must be met for the provision of preferred accommodation under regulation 2—

(a)the care and support plan for the person specifies that the person’s needs can be met by the provision of care home accommodation;

(b)the preferred accommodation is suitable to the person’s needs;

(c)the preferred accommodation is available; and

(d)where the preferred accommodation is not provided by the local authority, the provider of the accommodation agrees to provide the accommodation to the person on the local authority’s terms.

(2) If the cost to the local authority of providing or arranging for the provision of the preferred accommodation is greater than the cost that the local authority would usually expect to incur in providing or arranging the provision of care home accommodation to meet the needs of the person concerned, the additional cost condition in regulation 4 must also be met(5).

The additional cost condition

4.—(1) The additional cost condition is met if—

(a)the local authority is satisfied that the payer is able and willing to pay the additional cost of the preferred accommodation for the period during which the local authority expects to meet the person’s needs by providing or arranging for the provision of that accommodation; and

(b)the payer enters into a written agreement with the local authority in which the payer agrees to pay the additional cost.

(2) The local authority must provide the payer with access to sufficient information and advice to enable the payer to understand the terms of the proposed written agreement before entering into it.

(3) The written agreement must include—

(a)the additional cost;

(b)the cost the local authority would usually expect to incur in providing or arranging the provision of care home accommodation to meet the needs of the person concerned;

(c)the frequency of payments;

(d)the details of the person to whom the payments are to be made;

(e)provision for review of the agreement;

(f)provisions about the matters specified in paragraph (4).

(4) The specified matters are—

(a)the consequences of ceasing to make payments;

(b)the effect of increases in charges made by the provider of the preferred accommodation; and

(c)the effect of changes in the payer’s financial circumstances.

(5) For the purposes of this regulation, “the payer” (“y talwr”) means—

(a)a person other than the person for whom the accommodation is to be provided; or

(b)in a case to which paragraph (6) applies, the person for whom the accommodation is to be provided.

(6) The local authority may not agree with the person for whom the accommodation is to be provided for that person to pay the additional cost unless—

(a)paragraph 2 of Schedule 2 to the Care and Support (Financial Assessment) (Wales) Regulations 2015(6) (capital to be disregarded in first 12 weeks) applies to that person; or

(b)the person and the local authority agree or have agreed to enter into a deferred payment agreement in accordance with section 68 of the Act.

(7) For the purposes of this regulation, the additional cost that is to be paid by the payer may be less than the full amount of the additional cost referred to in section 57(3) of the Act, if the local authority agrees that a lesser amount should be paid.

Refusal to provide preferred accommodation

5.  Where a local authority refuses to provide or arrange for the provision of preferred accommodation it must provide a statement in writing setting out which of the conditions in regulation 3(1) or regulation 4(1) is not met and specifying the reasons.

Mark Drakeford

Minister for Health and Social Services, one of the Welsh Ministers

27 October 2015

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