Sefton ruling puts councils on notice over fees
In early November, the High Court in Manchester ruled that Sefton Council had acted unlawfully in making its decision to freeze care home fees for the second year running. Local care homes had previously decided to make no increase in care home fees in 2010/11, even to compensate for the effects of inflation. The Council also decided that there would be no increase in 2011/12.
The claimants against Sefton Council’s decision to freeze payments were Sefton Care Association, Melton Health Care Limited, Westcliffe Manor nursing home, Benridge Care Homes and Craignair care home. The financially-constrained action brought backing by both independent and charity-based providers in the local community.
According to the Registered Nursing Home Association (RNHA), the High Court judgement means local authorities throughout England and Wales will need to make sure the fees they pay care homes to look after older people reflect the actual costs of provi