Paying for residential or nursing home care

Money for your day-to-day expenses after moving into a care home

When we work out how much you will have to pay towards the cost of your care, we ensure that you keep a sum each week for your day-to-day expenses, such as toiletries, hairdressing, newspapers, and chiropody. To enable you to pay for these, the government sets an amount you should keep from your pensions/benefits. This is called the Personal Expenses Allowance. The amount is set each year by the government. It is currently £24.90 per week, with effect from April 2019. This can be increased by up to £5.75 per week for older people in receipt of the Savings Credit element of Pension Credit.

You are not required or expected to use the Personal Expenses Allowance towards the cost of your care.