Care England chief slams ‘staggeringly low’ fee levels

Professor Martin Green

Care England CEO Martin Green slammed the ‘staggeringly low’ fee levels paid by some councils to care providers during a Parliamentary Committee hearing this week.

Mr Green’s comments came as care leaders gave evidence to the Communities and Local Government (CLG) Committee this week.

The Care England chief said: “In some areas the fee levels are quite staggeringly low. In places like Sheffield – £377 a week for residential care translating to £2.24 an hour. In Coventry – £2.32 an hour. These are ridiculously low if you look at the dependency levels of the older people being looked after.”

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Mr Green said local authorities were not being properly monitored in terms of care outcomes and performance.

The Care England boss said care home providers were being faced with increasing financial pressures and had felt no benefit from the Better Care Fund (see Care provider concerns shared with Parliamentary Committee).

Tim Hammond, CEO of Four Seasons Healthcare, said only half of councils he dealt with had said they would increase their fees to offset the National Living Wage with the others still to make any commitment.

The Committee will produce a report with recommendations to the government when they have concluded their inquiry and heard evidence from across the social care sector.

To view the Committee evidence, click here.

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