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Date set for council fee review hearing

Professor Martin Green

Care England has announced that its Judicial Review against Essex County Council regarding inadequate fees will be heard on 7 November 2017.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England said: “We are using the coming months to prepare for the JR hearing, the relevance of which is greater than ever as the costs of providing good quality care continue to rise.

“We are seeing care homes close and homecare contracts handed back in Essex and across the country. Essex County Council were awarded an extra £24m by Central Government and took the opportunity to raise the precept to support the social care sector, but it is evident the council is not passing this cash on to providers.”

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A spokesperson from Essex County Council said: “We take our obligations under the Care Act 2014 extremely seriously and are committed to making sure we have a sustainable social care market in Essex. We are unable to comment on specifics of this case at this time, as to so would prejudice legal proceedings.”

Care England has said Essex Council had conceded it had been unable to raise all its rates to match the cost of care following a Cost of Care Exercise (see Care England says proposed council fees will force care homes to close).

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