Personal Expenses Allowance (PEA)

As explained elsewhere in this document, the local authorities are required to assess whether an individual is liable to pay for their own care, or if the council should pay.

When it is deemed the local authorities’ responsibility to pay, they ensure that the individual will contribute the majority of their income towards the cost of the care. If they took all of the income, there would not be any money left for the individual’s daily expenses. That is where the Personal Expenses Allowance comes in.

The PEA gives you some money for basic expenses not covered by the care home fees for sundries such as toiletries, birthday gifts, stationery, newspapers & magazines, haircuts or treats.

The PEA is currently set at £23.50 per week.

For more information or if you wish to discuss care for your loved one please email