Lancashire council hikes annual care home fees by 6.3% per resident

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Lancashire County Council will increase fees to care home operators this year by an average of 6.3% per resident.

The council is one of the first in Britain to announce its new fees in a month when most operators are still in final contract negotiations with the local authorities.

Fees for full nursing care in the Lancashire area will rise by 16.04% to £673.04. Residential fees will rise by 8.53% to £416.72 for standard care, 8.58% to £470.15 for higher care and 9.52% to £504.35 for dementia care.

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The authority will spend an extra £1.7million in payments, according to a report in local newspaper This is Lancashire.

The increased payments will be made to 340 Care Quality Registered establishments across its 12 boroughs which include Burnley, Hyndburn, Ribble Valley, Pendle, Rossendale and Chorley.

The authority’s head of adult care Tony Martin told This is Lancashire: “We are responding to representations from the care home providers’ national body. It is essential we pay enough to keep care homes viable and to ensure the highest standards for residents and their families. It is not as much as they asked for but is the most we could afford.

“Despite the cuts the county council is facing for the government, the care of Lancashire’s elderly residents is our top priority.”

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