Scottish Care rejects Executive’s £80m to support fee increases

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

Scottish Care, an association representing private providers in Scotland, has rejected an offer by the Scottish Executive and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) of almost £80 million to support increases in care home fees. The association1s chief executive Joe Campbell said the Scottish Executive and COSLA had reneged on promises to have regular and meaningful discussions to solve the crisis in the care home industry, and accused them of trying to mislead the Scottish public by massaging figures and threatening Scottish Care1s 800 members with a “take it or leave it” offer. Announcing the offer last month, the Scottish Executive and COSLA said it would provide for a one per cent real terms increase a year to the fees recommended by an expert review group. It would also mean that, since 2001, average fees in homes without nursing care will have risen from £260 a week to £346 in 2003 – up £86 or 33 per cent, or in homes with nursing care from £336 to £406 – an increase of £70 or nearly

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