Local authorities use ordinary residence as a key test to decide which local authority is responsible for meeting social care needs. Deciding where someone is ordinarily resident is usually straightforward. Most people are ordinarily resident in the area where they have decided to live.
Ordinary residence may be less clear in circumstances such as when someone:
- lacks mental capacity to make their own decisions about where they wish to live, or
- spends time living in more than one local authority area, for example because they have more than one home.
The Adult Social Care Ordinary policy sets out what the Council considers when making an ordinary residence determination and how the Council manages disputes with other local authorities about ordinary residence.