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The rules for deprivation of assets - meaning the reduction of your assets by spending, gifts, certain investments, etc - can be quite complicated and will affect your local authority means test for care home provision.

In an effort to help you understand the process, Age UK has produced a factsheet, which should be read in conjunction with Age UK’s other factsheets on care home funding.

It includes:

  • Information on government guidance that must be followed by local authorities
  • The definition of deliberate deprivation
  • The concept of notional capital and local authority powers of financial recovery.

The timing and motivation for a disposal of assets are of central importance and the local authority has a responsibility to consider these elements as part of means test.

Deprivation of assets in social care (PDF 401 KB)

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