Care England has written to all directors of adult social services in the country, stressing the importance of providing sufficient funding to providers to cover “unprecedented costs” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The organisation said it was “deeply concerned” with the feedback it had received from many of its members about local authorities who are proposing to make minimal increase, if any, to the rates they pay for the care services they commission.
“This impact, combined with other inflationary pressures has created the perfect storm, placing the care home market, home care and supported living settings in an incredibly precarious financial position,” said Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green (pictured).
Green explained that local authorities have a “legal obligation” to promote the efficient and effective operation of the care markets in their localities to ensure that people have a variety of providers and services to choose from. They must also have regard to the sustainability of the market which includes a duty to ensure adequate fee levels, he said.
Professor Green continued: “The current Covid-19 pandemic has, and continues to have, a catastrophic impact on all elements of our society. Care homes have been recognised as one of the front lines and have sadly been one the most affected despite the measures that have been put in place by both providers and central government.
“We hope that Directors of Adult Social Services will work with the sector to ensure that it can recover and be in the best position possible to provide quality care to those in need.”
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