As a response to the Government's Fairer Charging initiative, Devon Social Services has introduced charges for services based on an assessment of your ability to pay. This assessment, as well as a benefits health check service, is carried out by the Finance and Benefits Team, a partnership consisting of Devon County Council, the Department of Work and Pensions and the Citizens Advice Bureau service.
These charges only affect services to adults.
Financial benefits are not provided by Devon County Council but by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). Benefits are however fundamental to the welfare of many people in Devon, and are therefore key in the County Councils' drive towards reducing inequalities and promoting diversity and social inclusion.