Providers expected to deliver care for less than budget hotel, says Care England

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Staying at a Premier Inn costs up to 18% more than standard local authority rates for residential care homes, Care England has revealed.

Freedom of Information analysis by Care England found that weekly fees of less than £500 for residential care homes remained widespread across the country.

Examples cited by Care England, include £429 paid by Cambridgeshire City Council comparing with £458 for just six nights at the local Premier Inn.

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Similarly, independent care providers in Cheshire East are expected to fund weekly residential care for £480 compared with £491 for six nights at the local Premier Inn.

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, said: “These examples clearly show that social care funding is unacceptably low.  If the Government does not increase funding to sustainable levels, some of society’s most vulnerable individuals will be left without care and support. Residential care homes costs cover accommodation, meals, care staff and much more. However, rates set by councils across England fail to meet the true cost of care.

“In addition, I sincerely hope that councils will publish new fees for 2020-21, which appropriately reflect the actual costs of providing accommodation and care in a care home setting. Such low funding arrangements, in combination with the 2020 increase to the National Living Wage, have the potential to close services and destroy lives.”

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