Have your say on care fees

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS -

RES­I­DEN­TIAL and nurs­ing care providers are be­ing en­cour­aged to have their say as the county coun­cil looks at chang­ing the way it pays care fees.

Sub­ject to cabi­net ap­proval next week, a con­sul­ta­tion will launch seek­ing views on a pro­posed new ap­proach to the way the au­thor­ity agrees prices for res­i­den­tial and nurs­ing care.

If agreed, the con­sul­ta­tion would launch in two stages.

The first, to start in Novem­ber, would fo­cus on sim­pli­fy­ing the ap­proach and fees struc­ture to a two band for older adults. As well as re­align­ing the coun­cil’s qual­ity re­quire­ment with those of the Care Qual­ity Com­mis­sion.

The sec­ond, to start early 2019, would in­clude the pro­posed fee rates, which would take ef­fect from 1 April, 2019.

Coun­cil­lor Richard Blunt, cabi­net mem­ber for adult so­cial care, said: “We’re con­tin­u­ing to face sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial chal­lenges, but we’re fully com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing to sup­port those who need res­i­den­tial or nurs­ing care.

“We want to set fees that are sus­tain­able for care homes across Le­ices­ter­shire, so they can con­tinue to of­fer a qual­ity ser­vice.”

The cabi­net will dis­cuss the re­port when it meets at 2pm on Tues­day, 16 Oc­to­ber - tune in and watch on­line at: www.le­ices­ter­shire.gov.uk/we­b­cast

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