Freedom of Information Act scrutiny over commissioning policy

Care England has put in Freedom of Information Act requests across 152 councils to gather data on commissioning activity for 2018/19.

The independent care provider organisation is seeking unpublished information on the fees paid by councils for residential, nursing home and supported living care, as well as use of resources and placement activity across older people and learning disability care. Once collated, Care England will triangulate responses with other data such as quality ratings, projections on bed numbers and staffing, and analysis of council’s spending plans to build up a comprehensive picture of councils’ responses to their local care markets.

The data will itself build upon a similar spreadsheet constructed by Care England for 2017/18, that identified councils with a commissioning track-record that was out of step with other councils regionally or nationally.  This prompted informed debates between commissioners and providers and meetings with councils in East Sussex, Oxfordshire, Blackpool and Staffordshire. 

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