Care England, the largest representative body of independent adult social care providers, has written to Directors of Adult Social Services calling for fair rates for care.
The letter from the representative body highlights that in addition to its human costs, the pandemic has taken an “unprecedented” financial impact on providers.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, (pictured) said: “We are deeply concerned with the feedback we are receiving from many of our members about local authorities who are proposing to make very little increases if any to the base fee rates they pay for the care services that they commission.
“This impact, combined with other inflationary pressures has created the perfect storm, placing the care home market, home care and supported living settings in an incredibly precarious financial position.”
While acknowledging there had been some financial import to care providers to offset the pandemic’s impact on costs of care, Care England said this had been “limited” and not provided on an indemnity basis, leaving providers having to absorb the financial shortfall often in combination with reduced occupancy.
Martin added: “The current COVID-19 pandemic has, and continues to have, a catastrophic impact on all elements of our society. Care homes have been recognised as one of the front lines and have sadly been one the most affected despite the measures that have been put in place by both providers and central government.
“We hope that Directors of Adult Social Services will work with the sector to ensure that it can recover and be in the best position possible to provide quality care to those in need.”