Some directors of adult social care ‘refuse to compute worth of providers’, says care leader

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The chief executive of Care England has expressed disappointment over a “lack of engagement” with some directors of adult social care services across the country.

Last month, Care England wrote to all directors regarding fee rates for care providers, stressing that in addition to the human cost that the pandemic has had upon services, the financial impact upon providers has been “unprecedented”.

The letter came after Care England received feedback from 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.

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HCI reported last month that Crossroads Caring for Carers Worcestershire has accused its local authority of “forcing down social care standards” by refusing to increase its provider rates for the next financial year.

Plans by Worcestershire County Council say it proposes to “increase rates by 0%” on April 1, 2021.

And despite Care England’s warning, some commissioners are still “refusing to compute the worth of social care”, the organisation said.

Professor Martin Green, chief executive of Care England, commented: “During this time of crisis it is important to give priority to health and social care and therefore disappointing that some Directors of Adult Social Care are not inclined to work with the sector.”

He added: “We will be writing to Members of Parliament in those constituencies where we are yet to receive responses asking how best we can engage with them and highlighting the need for the Government to make good its promise to put sustainable funding in place.”

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