New increase to Preserved Rights funding

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

Extra government funding in the form a 1.9% increase in Preserved Rights benefits, on top of the previously announced 1.8% which came into effect on April 2, was announced on April 3 by Secretary of State for Social Security Alistair Darling. The increase, which will come into effect later this year – possibly June or July – is said by Mr Darling to be the first above inflation increase since 1993. The funding boost will benefit about 70,000 people in care homes and is expected to amount to around £14 million in extra government funding. National Care Homes Association (NCHA) chief executive Sheila Scott has applauded the increase in funding, saying local authorities will now be under pressure to boost fee levels paid for other residents not on Preserved Rights. “The funding boost sends a clear message to local authorities, which use the preserved Rights level as a guideline for setting their fees,” Mrs Scott said. “The local authorities need to look at their fees again.” Little more than a week earlier, at

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