CCC calls for an end to unfair top-ups
CCC, a lobby group with members from across the spectrum of care provision, commissioning, advice and advocacy and funding, and from across the commercial, charitable and public service sectors, has published on its website a CCC Care Policy Insights paper – Paying for Care: Third-party top-ups and cross-subsidies.
The paper summarises CCC’s concerns and explores the issue from the points of view of a care-home owner, a policy adviser, a local authority commissioner of care, a lawyer, a specialist financial adviser and a provider of charitable funding to those seeking care.
In the paper’s foreword, CCC chairman Dr Clive Bowman said third party top-ups and the hidden cross-subsidy of care costs were matters of deep concern and a top priority for CCC members.
“Current practices are inequitable and they have evolved by stealth from a position where top-ups were paid for “extra services” over and above needed care to a point where they are becoming necessary to secu