Accounts Commission for Scotland report

Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

A report by the independent Accounts Commission for Scotland has found that the running costs of residential homes provided by councils are generally higher than in homes operated by the private or voluntary sectors. Accounts Commission controller of audit Robert Black said the report would help councils in Scotland to get best value from the £290 million they spend annually on residential and nursing home places. “Councils have a duty to ensure that the care they provide and purchase is of an acceptable standard and cost,” Mr Black said. “We are not suggesting that they cut costs for the sake of it, neither are we saying that they should rely on the cheapest providers. “What we are saying is that councils should make like for like comparisons of all providers of residential and nursing home care.”

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