Concern over ‘get out’ clause in grant funding

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

The possibility of grant funding to care homes being siphoned off by local authorities has been flagged-up by the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA). Government grants totalling just under £68 million to help nursing and residential care homes make minor improvements to their facilities that will benefit patients have been welcomed by the RNHA, but the association has questioned the wisdom of channelling all the funds through local authorities and has expressed serious concern at government guidance which says that the grants “should not unreasonably favour homes owned by councils themselves”. This, says the RNHA, offers local authorities a “get out” clause that will enable them to divert the much-needed new funds away from independent and voluntary sector care homes. RNHA chief executive Frank Ursell said that, when the grant scheme was announced in November, it had not been anticipated that the scheme would be skewed in favour of councils spending the cash on their own facilities, especiall

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