Impasse on Isle on Wight over council contract

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

Care home owners on the Isle of Wight have begun billing the local authority at the full commercial rate for care places after failing to agree on the terms of a new contract. The owners had threatened court action after disputing the terms and conditions of the new contract which, they said, the Council had attempted to force on them. Care home owners began billing the council in early October for amounts far in excess of £231 per person agreed in the previous contract for clients placed by the authority. In some cases the commercial rate could be as much as £400 per week. Meetings between social services chiefs and the owners had failed to lead to a compromise, and the owners said they would press ahead with court action if they did not receive lull payment. Isle of Wight Registered Care Homes Association chairman Richard Jones said care home owners had hoped for a contract which would keep pace with costs, so that when the minimum wage increased, or inflation rose, it automatically triggered a rise in ca

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