Pembrokeshire counts the cost as second legal battle looms
A decision to fight a judicial review over care homes fees in the High Court has cost Pembrokeshire County Council more than a quarter of a million pounds.
The council has paid out more than £278,000 following the court’s judgement which required the council to review the way it calculated the fees it pays care homes. Providers in Wales however, say they are unhappy with the council’s response and have sought a second judicial review.
The £278,000 figure includes legal costs, a back payment of £69,506 ordered by the court, plus an interim payment of £24,784 made during the case, and the total is likely to rise still further as the council is awaiting a detailed bill from the claimants’ solicitors.
The judicial review in December followed fears from the owners of Forest Care Homes Ltd, Mavalon Care Ltd and Woodhill Care Ltd that four Pembrokeshire care homes may be forced to clo