This House of Commons Library parliamentary briefing explains the means-test which is applied to care home residents and people receiving care in other settings, including home care (care at home) and social care.
This document covers personal budgets, the means-test (pre- and post- introduction of the Care and Support Statutory Guidance from April 2015), and detailed considerations of capital, income and assets as part of the means-test.
Jarrett, T. (2015). Social care: paying for care home places and domiciliary care (England). London: House of Commons Library, August 6th 2015. Commons Briefing Paper SN01911.
Possibly of background interest:
Pym, H. (2015). Social care – the biggest challenge over this parliament? London: BBC Health News, August 20th 2015.