Bouquet for minister’s criticism of miserly councils
Care Services Minister Ivan Lewis has won praise from Britain’s nursing home leaders for condemning local authorities twhich have announced zero percentage increases in the fees they pay for the care of elderly people in care homes.
The Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA), which represents around 1,200 nursing homes in all parts of the country, said the minister was correct to defend elderly people against penny-pinching councils that prefer to spend cash on internal bureaucracy rather than on people with complex long-term health problems.
The RNHA campaigned for nursing home fee increases in April of this year that accurately reflect not only the impact of a 3 per cent rise in the national minimum wage but also a 3.5 per cent rise in the holiday pay entitlements of care staff, together with gas, oil and other rising fuel prices.
The association welcomed comments made by the minister in March during a House of Commons debate in which he said it would be difficult to justify zero per c