Local Authorities paying care home fees well below recommended £600 per week

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Elderly care-Care Industry NewsDisparity in funding for Residential Care Ranges From £597.87  To £326.45 GMB Congress told

If £600 per week is what is needed to provide decent care for our elderly and vulnerable, provided by fairly paid staff, then that is what should be paid and  Government must provide councils with the resources to do so says GMB.

GMB Congress in Nottingham was told that Croydon Council pays residential care home owners a maximum of £597.87 per week for residents in the borough who qualify for their residential care costs to be paid by the council. This is the highest amount paid by 180 councils across the UK who responded to a GMB survey. Surrey County Council pay a maximum of £326.45 per week for residents who qualify for their residential care costs to be paid by the council. This is the lowest for the 180 councils who responded.

Surrey and West Sussex have the highest charge per hour for domiciliary care for residents who are required to pay for their own care with a maximum charge per hour is £24.00. This is the highest amount paid by 140 councils across the UK who responded to a GMB survey. In Surrey the charge for domiciliary care ranges between £18.00 and £24.00. In West Sussex the charge ranges from £13.00 and £24.00. Of the councils who responded Caerphilly has the lowest hourly charge with domiciliary care costing £7.88 per hour.

56 councils have opted out of directly providing a Meals on Wheels service: These are Anglesey, Bexley, Blackpool, Bracknell Forest, Bromley, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire East, City of London, Conwy,  Cornwall, County Durham, Darlington, Denbighshire, Doncaster, Dorset, Dudley, East Riding of Yorkshire, Enfield, Hartlepool, Hounslow, Kent, Knowsley, Lincolnshire, Luton, Manchester, Merthyr Tydfil, Middlesbrough, Newport, Norfolk, North Tyneside, North Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Poole, Redcar and Cleveland, Rochdale, Rotherham, Salford, Sefton, Sheffield, Slough, South Tyneside, St. Helens, Stockton-on-Tees, Swansea, Tameside, Wakefield, Walsall, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Warrington, Wirral, Wolverhampton, Wrexham. Some of these councils provide vouchers which are redeemable at commercial food providers to the public or make other similar arrangements.

Of the 164 councils who do provide meals on wheels the highest charges for residents who are required to pay for their own care are in Tower Hamlets  with between £5.30 and £11.81 for a hot meal and pudding. The lowest charges in Northern Ireland Western Health and Social Care Trust which charges ranging from £1.11 to £5.66 for a hot meal and pudding.

This data is from a GMB survey of Local Authorities. Set out in notes to editors are the summary figures for all councils in the UK listed alphabetically. The full survey with minimum and maximum rates and copious footnotes is attached to this release as a pdf on www.gmb.org.uk

Ian Smith, Chairman of Four Seasons Healthcare, said “We have an obligation to the elderly who contributed to our economy and society for a lifetime, many of them from the war generation, to ensure they have decent care in their later years.

The National Audit office say spending on adult social care has declined by 8%  in the last 3 years.  Industry sources say fees in residential care have by more than 5% since 200/11.

Justin Bowden, National Officer for workers in the care sector, said “The time is long overdue for politicians of all parties to face up to the social care funding crisis.

Councillors like those in Surrey are simply not paying enough. This political choice is not acceptable. It is adversely affecting the vulnerable and the GMB members who care for them. 

The fair cost of care model developed with the Rowntree Foundation sets the figure at £600 per week. The vast majority of councils pay way below that.

If £600 per week is what is needed to provide decent care for our elderly and vulnerable, provided by fairly paid staff, then that is what should be paid. National Government has a duty to provide councils with the resources to do this.”

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