‘Large proportion’ of LAs yet to publish free rates from April, says Care England

Martin Green

Care England has expressed its concern that a large proportion of local authorities are yet to publish fee rates from April.

Local authorities are expected to deliver fee rates by 1 April but Care England noted that a larger proportion than normal have failed to do so.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, (pictured) said: “We understand that local authorities are under a great deal of stress, but care providers are suffering extreme uncertainty as they await the fee rates. A recent poll of our members showed that only between 10-30% of local authorities had made offers at this late stage.

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“The time for adult social care reform is nigh. Commissioners need to commission for outcomes putting the individual at the centre rather than opting for the lowest rate possible. We need change.”

Care England said the majority of care home residents have their fees paid, albeit fully or partially, by local authorities and without prior knowledge of fees it was incredibly difficult for providers to plan ahead leaving an already fragile sector very exposed.

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