Shared Lives carers offering a long-term arrangement to a service user receive a fee which is made up as follows:
Individual pays rent, usually through claiming housing benefit.
Service users pay directly for food and utility bills; the amount is set by the Shared Lives service using DWP guidelines.
The commissioning teams within the Adult Social Care department will pay the social care/support element of the fee. The Shared Lives team will advise carers on how to submit invoices for this payment as appropriate.