NCA angered by councils’ unwillingness to negotiate
The National Care Association (NCA) has carried out a survey of its members over the last two months, asking about fee levels to be paid by commissioners in 2009/10 for publically funded service users.
Of the 100 members responded, more than 75% had had no negotiation with their local authority about fee levels for 2009/10. Only 29% had been informed what the proposed fee increases were for 2009/10.
NCA chairman Nadra Ahmed said the most disturbing part of the survey was that two local authorities were expecting a reduction in the fee paid: – a London Borough was seeking a fee reduction of between 10 and 20% and a North West authority was looking to reduce fees by £18 a week.
‘The irony in all this is that the word ‘consultation’ does not appear in any framework when considering fee levels, despite a clear directive from government,’ said Mrs Ahmed.
”Consultation’ means active and constructive dialogue; telling people a decision is a ‘fait accompli’ is simply not good enough.’