Tag: Local Authorities


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 »


Turn back homecare clock, says the GMB union

Posted on April 28th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Turn back homecare clock, says the GMB union

Caring Times, May 2017

GMB London, the union for care workers, commented on the BBC Panorama investigation that a funding squeeze has seen care contracts cancelled with 95 councils.

Warren Kenny, GMB London region secretary, said “GMB has repeatedly warned that what BBC Panorama are reporting would happen as the funding given to councils to pay for social care has been cut leading to the closure of care homes and a crisis in the care of the vulnerable elderly.

“The crisis is the product of chronic underfunding by successive governments and society’s failure to face up to its responsibility to care for those who paid tax and national insurance all their lives in their times of need. The Government itself has the responsibility to fund the care of the elderly and other vulnerable adults.

“This is a false economy. It is giving rise to … Read More »


Changes to Deprivation of Liberty safeguards (DoLS)

Posted on April 28th, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on Changes to Deprivation of Liberty safeguards (DoLS)

Caring Times, May 2017

Provider representative body Care England has welcomed the changes that coroners will no longer have a duty to undertake an inquest into the death of every person who was subject to an authorisation under the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) under the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

Professor Martin Green, chief executive for Care England said: “Care England has worked hard to ensure that these changes take place. At present many older people with dementia, whose deaths are expected, are frequently subjected to investigations after death. Often police who are uniformed attend care homes under their legal duties and begin questioning staff and relatives as though a crime has been committed.

“This is extremely distressing for families, care home staff and fellow residents. Investigations into deaths under DoLS take needless time which prevents families from being able to mourn and … 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.


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 »


‘Put aside prejudice about the private sector’ says Kreft

Posted on February 2nd, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on ‘Put aside prejudice about the private sector’ says Kreft

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 »


‘Bring forward Better Care Fund cash’, says Humphries

Posted on February 2nd, by geoff in CT Extra. Comments Off on ‘Bring forward Better Care Fund cash’, says Humphries

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 »


Councils cut meals on wheels services

Posted on January 24th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Councils cut meals on wheels services

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 »


Essex Council says care homes fees are unaffordable

Posted on September 30th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Essex Council says care homes fees are unaffordable

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 »



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