Preserved rights: benefit increase condemned as ‘derisory’

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

Preserved rights benefit increases of 1.8%, announced by the Government in early November, have drawn heavy criticism from both the Independent Healthcare Association (IHA) and the National Care Homes Association (NCHA). IHA policy executive Susan Doohan described the increase as “derisory” and said it would send shock waves throughout the independent care homes sector. Ms Doohan said that, at a time when the costs of care continue to escalate and the NHS will be seeking ever more support from independent care homes in the months ahead, the announcement showed a demonstrable lack of understanding on the part of ministers. She said the announcement, for people with preserved rights to income support, offered an unsatisfactory benchmark against which local authorities set fees for independent nursing and residential care homes. “Historically, most local authorities have failed to recognise the real costs of care,” Ms Doohan said. “The Government1s announcement is further bad news for older people requiring care

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