Tag: Funding


Care England launches judicial review of Essex fee rates

Posted on June 6th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Care England launches judicial review of Essex fee rates

Caring Times, June 2017

Provider representative body Care England, in the face of opposition from Essex Council, is proceeding to judicial review of the fee rates Essex pays to independent care home providers.

The judicial review brought by Care England seeks to challenge the lawfulness of the Council’s fee setting decision in respect of the ‘old contract’ and its refusal to review the rates under the ‘new contract’. Care England believes the Council’s actions to date to be a breach of its responsibilities under the Care Act 2014.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said the association was deeply concerned about the Council’s conduct towards the care home market within Essex and as a result, the sustainability of that market.

“This is an important challenge in support of providers in Essex and those new and existing residents receiving care,” said Prof. Green.


Kreft says ‘flawed’ fees policy will be tough on councils in Wales

Posted on June 6th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Kreft says ‘flawed’ fees policy will be tough on councils in Wales

Caring Times, June 2017

Changes to the way residential social care is paid for will widen the £40m a year funding black hole, according to a social care leader.

Mario Kreft, the chair of Care Forum Wales, in principle backs the Welsh Government’s decision to increased capital limit used in charging but says the policy is flawed because it will plunge the sector into a deeper financial crisis.

The changes were announced as part of the Welsh Government’s five year plan, “Taking Wales Forward”. The Minister for Social Services, Rebecca Evans, revealed they were more than doubling the capital limit used in charging for residential social care, from £24,000 to £50,000. The limit will move to £30,000, as part of a phased increase to £50,000.

According to the Welsh Government, these moves are part of a wide range of measures being undertaken to improve … Read More »


BBC debate on social care sees residents quiz politicians

Posted on May 26th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on BBC debate on social care sees residents quiz politicians

A group of residents at a Surrey care home were invited on to TV in early May to debate social care ahead of the local elections.

BBC London Live visited Priory Court care home near Epsom for a question and answer session with elderly residents as part of a feature on social care.

Shirley Emilio, manager of Priory Court, which is part of the St Cloud Care group, said: “We were happy to welcome the TV crew into the home. Several of the residents grilled Conservative, Lib Dem and UKIP politicians from Surrey County Council about their policies.”

The sometimes heated discussion took place in the home’s pub-lounge – an area of Priory Court designed especially for social gatherings and was broadcast on Wednesday May 3rd, just ahead of the local elections.

Shirley added: “Funding for adult social care is a political hot potato … Read More »


Councils should raise social care precept, says Tim Hammond

Posted on April 28th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Councils should raise social care precept, says Tim Hammond

Caring Times, May 2017

Tim Hammond, chief executive of Four Seasons Health Care, who was called to provide evidence to the inquiry, said: “The Communities and Local Government Committee has recognised that there remains a huge social care funding gap, despite the Chancellor’s welcome commitment to provide an additional ?2bn over the next three years.

“Councils should use the powers they have been given to raise a precept of up to 3% this year on top of council tax, which is intended to provide additional funding for social care. This, together with the additional government funding will not be enough to tackle the pressures on care providers who have seen a real-terms 5% reduction over three or four years in fees councils pay for care home places, but it is vital as an immediate measure to help mitigate the additional cost of … Read More »


RNHA questions rationale for reduction in Funded Nursing Care

Posted on April 28th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on RNHA questions rationale for reduction in Funded Nursing Care

Caring Times, May 2017

A reduction in Funded Nursing Care (FNC) from £156.25 to £155.00 per week, announced by the Department of Health in mid-March has been criticised by the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA).

“It is difficult to put into words the disappointment felt over such a derisory reduction,” said the association’s chief executive Frank Ursell.

“One must ask the question where does this reduction sit in the whole scheme of things?

“The Budget reported a £2bn increase in funding and a Green Paper in the summer to look at the whole question of funding. In the meantime a payment which is made to individuals, whether funded by local authorities or themselves to cover the cost of their health care needs is to be reduced by £1.25 per week – an amount which will probably be lost in the transaction cost of making … Read More »


Care England launches judicial review

Posted on April 20th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Care England launches judicial review

Provider representative body Care England, in the face of opposition from Essex Council, is proceeding to judicial review of the fee rates Essex pays to independent care home providers.

The judicial review brought by Care England seeks to challenge the lawfulness of the Council’s fee setting decision in respect of the ‘old contract’ and its refusal to review the rates under the ‘new contract’.

Care England believes the Council’s actions to date to be a breach of its responsibilities under the Care Act 2014.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said the association was deeply concerned about the Council’s conduct towards the care home market within Essex and as a result, the sustainability of that market.

“This is an important challenge in support of providers in Essex and those new and existing residents receiving care,” said Prof. Green.


Families say social care services have got worse

Posted on April 4th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Families say social care services have got worse

Caring Times, April 2017

UK families say that care services for children and older people have got worse in the last five years. But they reserve their harshest criticism for care of older people, particularly home care services, according to reviews reported to Good Care Guide.

More than two-fifths of reviews of home care agencies in 2016 rated them as poor or bad for quality of service and for value for money. This is particularly worrying given government policy is for more older people to be cared for at home and supported outside hospitals or care homes. Based on an analysis of 9,000 reviews left by families on the Good Care Guide website, the latest research shows:

– In 2012 22.7% of home care agencies were rated poor or bad for quality of service by older people and their families
– by 2016 this … Read More »


Health and social care integration has been less successful than expected, says the National Audit Office

Posted on March 9th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Health and social care integration has been less successful than expected, says the National Audit Office

Caring Times, March 2017

The National Audit Office has warned that progress with integration of health and social care has, to date, been slower and less successful than envisaged and has not delivered all of the expected benefits for patients, the NHS or local authorities. As a result, the Government’s plan for integrated health and social care services across England by 2020 is at significant risk.

In the face of increased demand for care and constrained finances, while the Better Care Fund, the principal integration initiative, has improved joint working, it has not yet achieved its potential. The Fund has not achieved the expected value for money, in terms of savings, outcomes for patients or reduced hospital activity, from the £5.3bn spent through the Fund in 2015-16. Nationally, the Fund did not achieve its principal financial and service targets over 2015-16, its first … Read More »


CQC to be given oversight of new funding?

Posted on February 27th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on CQC to be given oversight of new funding?

An article published in the Health Service Journal in late February suggests that the Government will ask the Care Quality Commission to oversee use of additional funds for care, expected to be announced in the March budget.

Although a government source is reported to have said the plans were ‘speculation’, several sources with knowledge of the plans said talks were taking place between the Treasury, Department of Health and the CQC.

Sources with knowledge of the talks are reported to have said the CQC would be tasked by ministers with inspecting how councils use the money. The intention is to provide assurance to the Treasury that the money will deliver measurable improvements – both for social care users, and to the NHS, by helping to reduce delayed transfers out of hospital. The plans are expected to be announced when the Government delivers … Read More »


Sense supports cross-party social care review

Posted on February 2nd, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Sense supports cross-party social care review

Caring Times, February 2017

National disability charity Sense has backed a call for urgent cross-party review to address sustainability of social care sector. The charity has welcomed calls from three Commons committee heads for an urgent cross-party review to find a sustainable solution to the current social care funding gap ahead of the next spending round.

The social care sector is currently running at a substantial deficit, which is estimated to hit £2.6bn per year by 2020. Sense, which supports deafblind people and those with complex needs, has been calling on the Government to deliver urgent funding to plug the sector’s unsustainable gap and help protect the future of the vital social care services. Richard Kramer, deputy chef executive of disability charity Sense, said: “The stark warnings on the fragility of the social care sector are finally hitting home and we welcome … Read More »



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