Social care operator Mike Padgham has backed an “excellent” new initiative aimed at making it easier for providers to meet the cost of their regulatory body membership.
Mr Padgham, chair of the Independent Care Group (York and North Yorkshire), is supporting moves by Care England to allow providers to pay the Care Quality Commission (CQC) its membership fee by monthly direct debit.
Mr Padgham says it is sensible to allow care providers to spread the payment rather than have to face a large, one-off bill, often for thousands of pounds. He is supporting Care England in urging providers to write to their MP on the issue.
“This is an excellent initiative by Care England and I very much hope that providers will get behind it and the ICG is happy to support it,” he said. “It is unfortunate that at a time when people can spread the bills that they pay to virtually every business and organisation, they cannot spread the payment to a Government-backed body.
“Despite pressing for this facility for three years, Care England has been told it won’t be available any time soon. And with a 2.5 per cent increase in the CQC fee on the horizon this is going to be another large bill for hard-pressed providers to face.”