NCHA welcomes funding report

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

The National Care Homes Association (NCHA) has welcomed a report which highlights the continued underfunding of care by local authorities. Councils in England are still not paying care homes adequate fees for looking after elderly residents, according to a report prepared by Laing & Buisson on behalf of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. It concludes that care homes need another £1 billion a year to enable them to provide a fully modernised service. NCHA chairman Nadra Ahmed said the association had long campaigned for an increase in fees that local authorities pay independent care homes. “Homes are continuing to close because of the financial pressure of making ends meet, a problem which is exacerbated by low levels of care fees from local authorities,” Mrs Ahmed said. “We still see care homes closing because they are not economically viable, and low fees are at the heart of that problem.”

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