Care England is opposed to Care Quality Commission plans to increase registration fees to adult social care providers by nine per cent.
Care England says the increases come while there is a continued ‘extremely difficult’ financial environment, in which local authorities and care commissioning groups are not able to recognise and amend care fees to meet the increased costs of providing good quality care.
It adds that CQC methodology is yet to bed down and that the regulator will not be able to measure the value of the new approach effectively until 2016 -17.
Professor Martin Green, of Care England, said: “We support the direction of travel within CQC and will continue to support the move to a more focused and transparent inspection regime.
“The changes to inspection for adult social care have only come into effect however, and have yet to deliver consistently and over time. Until such time as the changes can be properly evaluated we do not believe there is a reliable basis for fee increases.”