Officer Decisions

Head of Adult Commissioning and Health - Tim Golby

Summary of Matter or Issue Requiring Decision:

Annual uplift to fees paid in respect of care home placements.

Decision Taken:

To award an increase of between 5.9% and 6.5% on all banded fees as follows:

 

StandardEnhancedStandard + nursingEnhanced + nursing
£ per resident per week£ per resident per week£ per resident per week£ per resident per week
£468.00£500.00£615.00£640.00

 

To award an increase of 4.3% to non-banded fees.

 

To leave market premia and any third party top up unchanged.

Summary of Reason(s) for Decision Taken:

The Council must review fees annually to comply with legislation.

In 2015 the Council committed to a formula for inflation, recalculated each Autumn and, for banded fees to include an additional 1.5% for each of 2015/16, 2016/17 and 2017/18. This formula takes account of National Minimum Wage increases announced each October.

It did not take account of the introduction of the National Living Wage and so additional provision has had to be made for that in the new financial year.

Market premia reflect an adjustment for local market conditions and are not directly related to care.

Third party top ups are paid by individual residents or their families and are additional to the care fees paid by the council. It is not, therefore, appropriate for Devon County Council to make any award on such payments.

The proposals were subject to consultation with the market during February 2016. Only 12 responses were received. These typically made representations which extended beyond the terms of the consultation. The Council welcomes that feedback and will consider it as part of a wider review of its commissioning strategy for care homes which will be undertaken during 2016/17.

Summary of Alternatives or Options considered and rejected:

The Council considered whether it should honour the payment of an additional 1.5% in relation to banded fees, bearing in mind the extra cost of meeting the new NLW. It concluded that it had entered into that commitment in good faith and that it should be paid in the coming year as part of the Council’s continued commitment to securing a sufficient and sustainable market.

 

An impact assessment has been undertaken and careful attention has been given to ensuring that the needs of people with protected characteristics are addressed.

Details of any conflict of interest and dispensation granted to the Officer taking the decision or by any Member of the Council in delegating responsibility for any specific express delegation:

None

Contact for enquiries/further information: Name: Ian Hobbs
Decision Date: 30 March 2016

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