Poll illustrates funding pressure


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

In a poll of social care providers to gauge the extent of fee increases, 71 per cent of those who responded registered a meagre increase in fees from their local authority of between one and two per cent. About 10 per cent of care providers said they had not received any increase. The internet-based poll, conducted by the English Community Care Association (ECCA), showed that: # 9.5 per cent had received no increase. # 71.4 per cent had received an increase of between one and two per cent. # 13.3 per cent had received an increase of between three and four per cent. # 5.7 per cent had received an increase of above four per cent. ECCA chief executive Martin Green said the poll illustrated the severe pressure under which the sector was operating. “ECCA is working to ensure that local authorities, commissioners and inspectors understand and appreciate the inherent link between funding and quality,” said Mr Green. “With such disregard for vulnerable individuals, and low levels of funding local authorities co





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