North East sees the highest self-funded fee increases

Average weekly fees for self-funding residents in nursing homes have increased most in the North East and the least in the East of England, a fee survey has revealed.

According to a LangBuisson survey of care providers, fees in the North East have increased 11.3 per cent over the past 12 months to £795 a week, and in the East of England by 7.7 per cent to £998.

Despite the fee increases, nursing homes in the North East still command the lowest self-funded fees of the nine regions polled. By comparison, the highest self-funded fees, of £1,384, are found in London. This represents a rise of 8.6 per cent on 2017-18).

Other average fees by region are:

  • South East: £1,087 (+7.9 per cent)
  • South West: £977 (+9.5 per cent)
  • East Midlands: £873 (+9.8 per cent)
  • West Midlands: £871 (+10.1 per cent)
  • North West: £825 (+10.4 per cent)
  • Yorkshire & Humber: £825  (10.9 per cent)

In a report, consumer watchdog organisation Which? says that almost three in five people underestimate the cost of care, one in ten by £837 a week, or roughly £43,500 a year.  

  • Analysis from the Health Foundation shows that England spends £310 per person on social care, compared to £445 in Scotland (43 per cent more) and £414 in Wales (33 per cent more).  The think-tank says that population differences and care needs notwithstanding, Scotland and Wales have provided more protection for social care funding.

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