Sector slams ‘measly’ rise in basic fee rate

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

Social services fee increases for residential and nursing care announced by the Government in early November have provoked scathing criticism from organisations representing the sector. The National Care Homes Association (NCHA) has described the increases in the basic fees of £3.00 per week (1.376%) for residential homes and £5 per week (1.015%) for nursing homes as “deplorable”. “Neither of these increases is in line with inflation and fails to take account of the significant additional costs that homes have had to face in the last year, such as the national minimum wage and working time regulations,” said NCHA chairman Barry Hartley. Registered Nursing Homes Association (RNHA) chief executive Frank Ursell described the award as “paltry and totally inadequate to meet actual costs” and the Independent Healthcare Association’s executive director of community care, Susan Doohan, said: “At a time when the Chancellor has a surplus of billions of pounds, it is shocking to thimk that this government is not signi

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