Wales plans to axe inspection fees

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

The Welsh Assembly Government is planning to abolish the remaining fees paid by the social care and independent healthcare services. Deputy minister for older people, John Griffiths said the change would affect a wide range of services – from children’s homes and adoption agencies to care homes for adults and domiciliary care agencies. If the Assembly approves the funding and the legislation, they would no longer have to pay fees to be registered and inspected under the Care Standards Act. The fees would be abolished on April 1, 2006 and the Assembly would then directly fund the registration and inspection itself. “Most people we consulted wanted to see the end of what some called a financial merry-go-round”, said Mr Griffiths. “The Assembly collects fees from local authorities for instance – but it is the Assembly that has to ensure that authorities are properly funded to meet this expenditure in the first place. So in practice, the Assembly gives the funding to local authorities – and then asks them to pay

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