Fee rise disparity raises wrath

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

Lancashire Care Association (LCA) has criticised a county council decision to raise fees placements in its own care homes by 8% while giving private home owners a 3% rise in fees. In the 1999/2000 council budget, fees for residential care in the council’s own homes will rise from £280 to £304 but owners of independent homes have only had their fees increased from £218.50 to £225.00 per week. LCA chairman Frank Hessey said his association had previously asked Lancashire County Council to raise fees paid to private providers by 6%. “By this move the council is trying to drive quality down in the independent sector at a time when government policy is to ensure the most vulnerable elderly people receive a high standard of care,” Mr Hessey said. “The council continues to waste £1.7 million of taxpayers’ money by giving its own homes a rise of 5% more than outside contractors. “This decision demonstrates the council’s contempt for working in partnership with the biggest providers of residential and nursing car

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