CQC announces changes in regulatory fees

The Care Quality Commission has published details of the fees to be paid by providers from 1 April. All services registered with CQC are required under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 to pay fees to cover the cost of registration and inspection.

The fees scheme reflects government policy which requires CQC to recover the costs of regulation from providers. It has been approved by the Secretary of State for Health.

Fees changes include:
• A differentiated increase to fee charges, based on current levels of cost recovery, which results in:
    o No increase for providers of dental services.
    o A 1.5% increase for providers of adult social care services and
    o 2.5% for all other types of providers.
• Adjusting the fee bandings for providers of care home services to more evenly distribute fee charges.
• Differentiating fees for single location dental providers to better distinguish between smaller and larger services.

CQC chief executive, David Behan, said: “As a result of the consultation we ran last year, this is the decision we have made for the year 2014/15. We will undertake a review in the year ahead and consult again regarding next year’s fees in the autumn. We will continue to review fees in consultation with stakeholders, whilst ensuring that we are delivering value for money.”

CQC will carry out another public consultation in the autumn, which will consider the next set of changes to the fees scheme for 2015/16.

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