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Care Annuity Provider responds to COVID-19 concerns

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One of the four Insurance Companies that we work with has introduced a temporary money back guarantee feature on its Care Fees Annuity product.  They will return 100% of the plan purchase price (less any income already paid out to the Care Provider) if death occurs within 12 months of the policy start date.  This will apply whether the death is COVID-19 related or due to any other cause.  Read more here.

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New rates for 2020/21

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For the tenth year running there has been no change to the upper capital limit for Local Authority means testing in England and it remains at £23,250.

The lower rate of Attendance Allowance has increased to £59.70 per week whilst the higher rate is now £89.15 per week, an increase of 1.7% for both rates.

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National Friendly remind self-funders they can cap costs themselves

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This article from National Friendly reminds readers that despite Government inaction in respect of reform of the social care funding system, individuals can ‘cap’ their own fees using a Care Fees Annuity.

Read here: National Friendly Article

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Fourth Care Annuity launches

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The Care Fees Annuity market has, for many years, consisted of products offered by only two Insurance Companies.  However, our Managing Director has been working for the last 18 months with two other Companies to launch their own versions.

We are delighted to say that we can now offer four Care Fees Annity quotes – double the number available through any other Independent Financial Adviser and, as the price of these plans can vary by thousands of pounds from Insurer to Insurer, this is a very…

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New rates for 2019/20

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For the ninth year running there has been no change to the upper capital limit for Local Authority means testing in England and it remains at £23,250.

The lower rate of Attendance Allowance has increased to £58.70 per week whilst the higher rate is now £87.65 per week, an increase of 2.4% for both rates.

The Funded Nursing Care contribution has increased by 4.7% to £165.56 per week (payable directly to the Care Provider not usually to the individual).

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Shortlisted for top award

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Our first ‘gold bar’ from the prestigious Health Insurance Awards was won back in 2003 – 15 years later, Michael Hastings, one of our SOLLA accredited advisers has been shortlisted and we wish him lots of luck for the final in a couple of weeks’ time.

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Green Paper Delay

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If you, like us, were expecting to read a Green Paper on Social Care in the next few weeks, Jeremy Hunt announced this afternoon “we now intend to publish the social care Green Paper in the autumn around the same time as the NHS plan“.

Keep on watching this space!

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Council Tax reduction?

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Some people with dementia are eligible for a discount on their council tax bill. Sometimes the people who care for them are eligible for a discount too. Take a look at this factsheet produced by the Alzheimer’s Society.

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Have you registered a Power of Attorney?

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If you did this between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017, you may be entitled to claim a refund.

Find our how here.

 

 

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Know your rights in respect of top-up fees

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The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman found Lincolnshire Council did not tell a man’s family about the options available when he was placed in a care home.

The family had to pay a ‘top-up’ fee when the council should have offered them the choice of a home which did not require the additional amount

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