‘After-death fees’ facing ban, news report

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The practice of making families pay care home fees after their relative has died is set to be banned, according to a news report.

The Daily Mail said the Government had threatened legislation unless the practice was stamped out.

Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dinenage said: “While there are lots of examples of great businesses out there, far too many care home residents have been subject to hidden fees and I am grateful to the Daily Mail for highlighting these issues.

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“The measures we announced this week will put the power back into the hands of residents and their families. However, if improvements are not seen we won’t hesitate to change the law to strengthen protections so people can be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve.”

The minister added that she wanted to end the practice of imposing up-front fees before residents move in.

A Which? report earlier this week criticised the sector for a lack of transparency in care home contracts and fees (see Care homes failing to provide contracts, says Which?).

Maria Mallaband announced in January that it was ending after-death fees following a CMA investigation (see Maria Mallaband drops ‘after death’ fees following CMA action).

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