The relative's property disregard: guidance to local authorities on how to apply the relative's property disregard in the light of the judgment in the Walford v Worcestershire County Council judicial review

Document type
Report
Corporate author(s)
Great Britain. Department of Health
Publisher
Department of Health
Date of publication
1 June 2014
Subject(s)
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services, Housing and Homelessness, Older Adults
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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The Walford v Worcestershire judicial review considered the scope and application of the property disregard under Paragraph 2(b)(ii) of Schedule 4 to the National Assistance (Assessment of Resources) Regulations 1992. This requires a local authority to disregard the value of any premises owned by a local authority supported resident where the property is occupied in whole or in part as their home by a family member or relative who is aged 60 or over or is incapacitated. This guidance does not seek to comment on the particulars of the Walford v Worcestershire County Council case but on the broader matters related to the application of the regulations in the light of the judgment. This guidance aims to help local authorities interpret and apply the regulations in the light of the judgment.

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