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Care England slams Worcs CC over new payment system

Worcestershire County Council is failing those who need care and support, Care England has said.

In a statement, Care England has condemned the County Council’s new payment system for providers of care for adults over the age of 65.

The new Dynamic Purchasing System (DPS) Framework caps rates from April 2024 at a level that is lower than the current average.

Care England describes this as “an attempt to cut costs to those in much-need of support”. 

Care England CEO Professor Martin Green warns: “The Council’s position has created a situation where multiple provider failures are likely to occur. This risks significant additional costs in commissioning urgent replacement services as well as extreme distress to many people relying upon the services locally.”

Green adds: “The Council has placed itself in an ivory tower above judgement or recourse.”

This comes against a backdrop of care providers facing significant increases in operating costs, including from April, the National Living Wage increase.

For adults under the age of 65, Worcestershire County Council (the Council) proposes that all providers must use a cost-calculating template for every setting/ individual, to be eligible for increased funding of up to 4.03 per cent.  

Worcester council maintains that the DPS Framework had been discussed at well-attended meetings with care providers, most of whom had provided positive feedback.  

Care providers who contacted Care England said the matter should be escalated to the Department of Health and Social Care for urgent review.  

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