Scottish Care accepts reworked £80m sector funding package

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

Following reworking, a package of nearly £80 million for the care home sector offered by the Scottish Executive and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) has been accepted by Scottish Care, an association representing private providers in Scotland, just days after the first offer was angrily rejected. The deal will allow average fees in homes without nursing care to rise from £260 a week in 2001 to £346 in 2003 ­ an increase of £86 or 33 per cent. In homes with nursing care the fees will rise from £336 to £406 ­ an increase of £70 or nearly 21 per cent. However, it is understood the fees for nursing placements will to be supplemented by an extra payment for nursing care provision, as is now the case in England. In late March, a meeting of about 400 members of Scottish Care were reported to have unanimously rejected a similar offer because they said it carried too many qualifications and meant individual care homes would still have to negotiate fees with their local authorities. In reje

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