One in five providers receiving 2015 rates

Over one in five (22 per cent) providers are working for 2015 rates, having not had a fee increase for three years, the National Care Association has said in a new briefing paper.

Launched at its annual social care reception held at the House of Commons on Wednesday 5 December, the briefing paper also reveals new National Care Association research, which shows:

  • 87 per cent of members do not receive adequate fees to sustain their business
  • 68 per cent of members have recruitment issues
  • 63 per cent of members receive less than £700 in fees.

The Association says the Government must bring forward a sustainable plan for social care sector and for local authorities to ensure service users are funded based on their assessed care needs. It also calls on the newly-appointed interim chief inspector for adult social care and registration, Debbie Westhead, to develop a regulatory framework that is consistently applied across the country. She replaces Andrea Sutcliffe, who leaves at the end of the year to take up the role of chief executive and registrar of the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).

Nadra Ahmed, executive chairman of the National Care Association says: “The Green Paper promises much but will it actually deliver anything? Is it not time to start to take action rather than work out strategies?  

“We have wasted three decades on not being able to address what was predicted so I think it’s time to work on the action plan…we can only challenge government to Dare to Care..”

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