Understanding the self-funding market in social care: a toolkit for commissioners

Most local authorities have little knowledge of people who pay for their own care in their area, despite this group accessing a range of services and forming a significant part of the total care market.

Local authorities have important duties with regard to self-funders and must be aware of this group in their local areas.

This toolkit can support analysis of self-funders across the country.

This second edition of IPC's self-funder toolkit has been produced to help local authorities ensure that they comply with the requirements of the 2014 Care Act.

It will help them understand their self-funder population so that they can facilitate and shape their local care market to meet the needs of the whole population.

This new version has been rewritten following the implementation of the Care Act and includes new information on estimating numbers as well as updated case studies.