Care England, the largest representative body of independent adult social care providers, has expressed its disappointment at a “lack of engagement” with some Directors of Adult Social Services on fee rates.
The statement follows research by the National Care Association which revealed an average fee increase of just 2%, well below additional operating costs for providers.
Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, (pictured) said: “During this time of crisis it is important to give priority to health and social care and therefore is disappointing that some Directors of Adult Social Care are not inclined to work with the sector.”
Care England wrote to all adult social services directors earlier this month regarding fee rates and highlighted the unprecedented financial impact, as well as human cost, of the pandemic.
The body said that while the crisis had brought commissioners and providers together in some parts of the country, other areas refused to acknowledge the worth of social care.
Martin added: “We will be writing to Members of Parliament in those constituencies where we are yet to receive responses asking how best we can engage with them and highlighting the need for the Government to make good its promise to put sustainable funding in place.”