Independent care provider representative Care England has compiled a list of 30 councils that pay less than £500 per week for an older person in an independent (charitable or private) residential care home, equivalent to just £2.97 per hour.
Councils such as Rotherham, Cheshire East, Stoke on Trent & Lancs are among those criticised for paying less than £623 to £726 a week – a range described by independent analysis as “the cost of an economically run home, depending on standard of accommodation and whether or not they are supporting people living with dementia”.
Moreover, Care England FOI analysis showed that there some of the worst councils pay less than £500 a week to independent care homes while at the same time giving own Local Authority run homes much higher rates. For example, one council was found to be giving over £650 to their own homes, versus, less than £500 to the independent sector homes.
Care chiefs have recently criticised the Government for inaction over social care.
The Independent Care Group (ICG) says it is dismayed at Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s admission in a BBC interview that it could take a full parliament to deliver action on social care.
National Care Association executive chairman Nadra Ahmed said: “The commitment to increase the National Living Wage by 6.2 per cent in 2020 will be welcomed. However, the hardest piece to fit into the jigsaw is; where is the additional money going to come from? The magic social care money tree has still not been located!”
Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, said: “It is unacceptable that independent care homes must restrict the pay and conditions of their staff and subsidise care which councils underfund. Ultimately independent care homes may close with the terrible consequences for residents forced to find new homes and staff losing their jobs.”