Advice line told that some local authorities are trying to avoid commissioning responsibilities


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

Many local authorities are failing to tell the families of people needing long term care about the 12-week property disregard when it comes to making arrangements for funding, and Nursing Homes Fees Agency (NHFA) director Philip Spiers says local authorities are having increasing difficulty in in finding the cash to fund long term care. A report by the local government ombudsman is expected to be published in March, dealing with illegal practices on the part of local authorities in the realm of care commissioning. These include delaying placing people in care homes because of exhausted budget allocations, and avoidance of contributing to the cost of care when older people become elible for financial assistance. The significance of this report is evident in that the local government ombudsman normally only reports three or four times a year on various matters of local government administration. Devoting an entire report to long term care commissioning is an indication of how seriously the ombudsman views the i





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