Minimum Income Guarantee for Working Age Adults

Closed 3 Dec 2018

Opened 1 Oct 2018


The County Council continues to face a challenging financial situation and increasing demand for adult social care. This means that we are reviewing the level of contribution that people will have to pay for their services whilst continuing to ensure that we provide the best support that we can.  

People who receive council-funded social care support in the community are financially assessed to decide how much they need to pay towards the cost of their care. This is called their 'contribution'.

The Council must ensure that people have an amount of money to cover their day-to-day living costs. This amount is known as the Minimum Income Guarantee. People's contribution towards the cost of their care cannot reduce their income to below the guaranteed level. 

Historically, the Council has applied the Minimum Income Guarantee at the Government-set minimum for older people, but has allowed a more generous level for adults of working age.

Currently, in West Sussex the Minimum Income Guarantee for adults of working age is equivalent to income support plus an additional 30%. For example, if income support is £100 then an additional £30 will be allowed, making a total of £130 before a contribution is charged.

The proposal is that the Minimum Income Guarantee for working age adults in West Sussex is brought in line with the nationally set minimum amount as already applied to older people in West Sussex. 

This is equivalent to income support plus 25%. For example, if income support is £100 then an additional £25 will be allowed, making a total of  £125 before a contribution is charged.

Note: the above figures are for illustration only. They are not levels of income support.

Impact of Proposal

This change will mean that working age adults will have to contribute more to the cost of their care.

Around 1,700 people will be affected. Individuals would be charged an additional £275 per year towards their care costs and £420 for couples.

The proposal would save the County Council £300,000 per year on an ongoing basis.


The proposal is for the changes to take place from April 2019.

Further Information

Further information about the proposal is contained in the recently published Cabinet Member decision report on the proposed changes to the Minimum Income Guarantee. The report can be accessed online here.

Further information about the Minimum Income Guarantee can be found in the County Council's 'Paying for social care in your home or local community' social care publication. This can be accessed online here.

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Why We Are Consulting

We want your views on this proposal as it may affect you, the people you care for, work with or represent.  

Your views will be carefully considered and will inform any decision taken by the Council.

The deadline for you to respond is Monday 3 December as a final decision on this proposal will be taken later in December. The proposal will be considered by the Council's Health and Adult Social Care Scrutiny Committee at its 12 December meeting. If you wish your views to be considered at that meeting they should be made available no later than Friday 30 November.


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