Tameside care homes the next to take a tough stance on fees

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

Care homes in Tameside are the latest group to demand higher fees from their local authority for publicly funded placements. Spearheading the move is the chairman of the Care Homes Association of Tameside, Jack Meredith, who also runs the Lakes Care Centre in Dukinfield. He argues that care homes across the borough are under severe financial pressure as a result of the low fees paid by local authorities to care for elderly residents and the needs for homes to comply with the new Care Standards Act. Mr Meredith told Caring Times his association had written to Tameside Borough Council, advising that 10 out of the 15 member care homes of the association would no longer accept local authority placements unless a six per cent increase on fees was agreed. Tameside¹s action is the latest in a series of similar moves by providers around the country. Providers in Hampshire, Durham and North Somerset have all begun setting their own fees, with varying degrees of success. Mr Meredith said that, as a result of the counc

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