EXCLUSIVE: Fury over council fee freeze

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Care home providers have expressed outrage at Birmingham Council’s decision not to increase fees after it received £27m in additional funding for 2017-18.

Birmingham Council’s adult social care budget has been boosted by £27m in additional funding from the Spring Budget plus a 3% social care precept, equivalent to around £10m.

Leslie Latchman of the Birmingham Care Consortium said: “We are astounded that Birmingham City Council has said they will not award a fee increase across all care categories. Many of us have had no fee increase for nine years.”

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The Care Consortium, which represents 187 residential, domiciliary and nursing providers, is seeking the support of local Labour MP Khalid Mahmood in challenging the decision and has mounted a social media campaign calling for urgent talks.

Leslie, who owns a 29-bed home for adults with mental health issues, said the council’s decision would inevitably result in more care home closures in the region.

He said that daily activities and routine maintenance of his home would have to be sacrificed due to funding constraints.

The home’s ‘good’ CQC rating would also put at risk by the council’s decision, Leslie added.

Birmingham Council said it was consulting on a new contract strategy, including a new ratings system that “should incentivise good provision and provide better outcomes for our citizens”.

The proposals would see social care providers rated as gold, silver or bronze.

Those rated gold would get a premium for new care packages, with silver receiving a standard fee and bronze providers having fees reduced by 3% if required improvements were not made.

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