Survey highlights providers’ bleak regard of Councils
A survey of care providers carried out by the Care Association Alliance (CAA), which represents more than 80 local care associations across England, has found that 95% of providers believe that fee increases proposed by Councils in 2016 will not meet the additional costs of the National Living Wage.
The CAA received 224 responses from more than 50 local authority areas, including care home operators, homecare agencies and learning disability providers.
76% of those who had responded to consultations from their local authority believed their local authority had not made any noticeable change to their fee proposals based on provider feedback. 77% of providers surveyed said pre-admission information sent to them by Councils, which was used to set initial fees, was not accurate.
“It would be impossible to remain in business without self-funder cross-subsidy,” said one provider.
“Local authority fees are totally inadequate. Instead of facing up to what is the true cost of care they manipulate care costs data to give them the lowest possible cost.”
60% of providers surveyed said they would cease to do business with their local authority if they were able to attract business from another source.
In its ‘State of Commissioning’ survey report the CAA said local authorities spent £2.5bn each year on the administration of social care, and that this equated to a quarter of the total social care budget spent by Councils each year.