ECCA welcomes High Court ruling on care home fees
The English Community Care Association (ECCA), the leading representative charity for independent care providers, has welcomed the High Court’s ruling that Sefton Council acted unlawfully when making its decision to freeze care home fees for the second year running.
Martin Green, Chief Executive of ECCA, says:
“We are pleased to see that the High Court has recognised that in setting its fee, Sefton Council did not demonstrate due regard to the actual costs of providing care, failed to engage in a meaningful consultation with providers about its proposal to freeze fees, and failed to properly assess the risks of its decision.”
Martin Green continues:
“We welcome the fact that the courts are ruling that the behaviour of local authorities in not acknowledging the true costs of care is not only immoral, but illegal. We expect that this case will lead councils to reflect on their commissioning practices and ensure fairer fees in the future.”