Tag: Local Authorities
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.
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 »
Caring Times, February 2017
A social care leader is calling for the authorities to put prejudice about the private sector in to one side to solve the crisis facing the NHS this winter. Mario Kreft, the chair of Care Forum Wales, stressed the need for everybody to work in partnership following the publication of a report by the Welsh Assembly Health, Social Care and Sport Committee into “winter preparedness”.
According to Mr Kreft, the key findings chimed with what Care Forum Wales had been saying more many years. The report’s first recommendation was that there needed to be more integration between the health and social care sectors and that, crucially, the independent sector needed to be part of the solution The report also highlighted concerns about the financial viability of the sector in the light of the many care home closures which … Read More »
Caring Times, February 2017
Following revelations that the Government is considering allowing local authorities to increase council tax to boost social care funding,the King’s Fund’s assistant director of policy Richard Humphries said the increasingly threadbare nature of the social care safety net was taking an unacceptable toll on older people, their families and their carers.
“Addressing this is a key test of the Prime Minister’s commitment to a more equal country that works for everyone,” said Mr Humphries.
“Allowing local authorities to raise council tax would provide some welcome extra funding, but our analysis shows this would raise only a relatively small amount of money and would widen existing inequalities as less affluent areas are able to raise less.
“It would be much better to raise funding by bringing forward money from the Better Care Fund. Even if there is more funding for social … Read More »
Caring Times, January 2017
The number of councils providing meals on wheels to vulnerable older people has dropped below 50% for the first time.
Research for the National Association of Care Catering (NACC) shows that just 48% of authorities provide a service compared with 66% only two years ago.
The NACC says under-investment is putting elderly people at risk and will place unnecessary pressure on the NHS because meals services help prevent hospital admissions and extend the time residents can live at home.
NICE (the National Institute for Health & Care Excellence) has previously identified better nutritional care as the third largest source of cost savings to the NHS.
The study, carried out by the Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE) on behalf of NACC showed:
• The North West of England is doing the least with only 17% of authorities providing a meals on wheels … Read More »
Caring Times, October 2016
Care provider representative body Care England says a fees framework for people living in care homes proposed by Essex County Council will not be adequate to keep homes open.
A cost of care exercise conducted by the local authority had found a fair cost of care would be £647 per week for residential placements and £665 per week for nursing but the council has said applying these rates to all providers would be unaffordable.
It has instead suggested a fee uplift system that would see current rates increase by a maximum of £13.79 per week.
Care England chief executive professor Martin Green said there was little point conducting a costs of care exercise without adhering to the results.
“Without adequate resourcing care homes will simply cease to exist,” said Prof. Green.
“Essex County Council needs to ensure that it funds the cost … Read More »
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 … Read More »
A complaint about the neglect of an elderly woman in a care home has led the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO)to issue its first joint investigation report into a care home and local authority.
In the first of its kind, the LGO is issuing a report covering the actions of both a private care provider and a council’s subsequent safeguarding investigation into that provider’s quality of care.
The investigation was prompted by a complaint from a man who said his wife was left severely dehydrated and suffering from oral thrush after a week-long respite stay at a care home. The woman, who had advanced dementia, required full assistance in all areas of daily living, and could not say when she was hungry or thirsty. She struggled to swallow and needed a thickening agent added to her drinks.
The woman’s husband privately arranged and funded … Read More »
Levying extra council tax to pay for social care has failed to raise enough money to cover the cost of the new National Living Wage (NLW), let alone address the huge shortfall in funding in the face of increasing demand, a survey of all 151 adult social services directors in England has found.
Research published today (Wednesday, 13th July) by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) highlights that the precept, introduced in the Autumn Statement 2015 to give councils the option to raise council tax by 2% for adult social care, will generate less than two thirds of the more than £600m needed to cover the NLW this year.
That means that this year, directors are left with a gap to fill of around £940m just to keep services operating at last year’s levels.
ADASS president Harold Bodmer said councils … Read More »
An inquiry into the quality and financial sustainability of adult social care in England has been launched by the Communities and Local Government committee.
The inquiry, which is now open for written submissions, will look at whether local authorities have sufficient funding to meet their statutory duties under the Care Act to assess and meet the needs of people requiring care and support.
The committee’s chair Clive Betts MP, said the inquiry would also look at the role of carers and look at alternative funding models for financing and providing care. It would cover all adult social care provided or commissioned by local authorities and not just the support given to elderly care users.
“Adult social care provides a lifeline to some of the most vulnerable people in society but it is coming under increasing pressure as a result of growing demand and … Read More »