How should Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Attendance Allowance (AA) income be treated in the CFS?
DLA or AA paid to a client should be included in the budget under ‘Benefits’. It is important to recognise that this money is paid to the client to cover any specific needs relating to their disability. Some clients may choose to use some of their disability benefit to repay debts. For most clients this money will be used for specific disability related costs and should be recorded in their expenditure. Disability related costs should be listed under ‘Adult care costs’where applicable. Costs relating to mobility needs should be included under ‘Travel’. An explanation should be provided in the notes accompanying the financial statement summary sheet where mobility costs exceed the travel trigger figure. If DLA is paid to a child, the same principles apply as above though costs should be shown under ‘Childcare costs’. As this expenditure category can also be used for child minder fees, nurseries etc, total childcare expenditure may be appear higher than average. In these cases an adviser
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