The CQC has raised its fees for community social care providers to cover its regulation costs.
Social care is the only sector to see a rise in fees from April 2018 as a result of a four-year cost recovery agreement with providers.
Vic Rayner, Executive Director of the National Care Forum, said: “NCF acknowledges that CQC is progressing to full cost recovery through regulatory fees and that grant in aid from the Department of Health and Social Care is reducing.
“However, today’s announcement for community social care providers, where most will see an increase in their fees, whilst expected will not be welcome.
“NCF members support Independent regulation and inspection, but the increase in fees will further add to the challenges that providers face which have been so clearly articulated by the CQC themselves.”
The changes will see the fee for a community social care provider with one location and 15 service users fall from £2,192 to £926.
A community social care provider with three locations and 50, 100 and 45 service users at each of the locations will see their fee increase from £6,093 to £9,643.
Vic added: “Seven days ago Jeremy Hunt announced his seven principles of social care reform. This is an opportunity for him to take action and stop the escalator of fee rises for care provision, and bring the core principle of sustainable funding into each and every current government decision that has a direct impact on the fragile care sector. This is one piece of reform that does not need to wait for a Green Paper – press the button and stop the fee escalator now.”