Officer Decisions

Head of Adult Commissioning and Health - Tim Golby

Summary of Matter or Issue Requiring Decision:

Each year the Council determines the inflation to be applied to contracts. This decision relates to all contracts other than Care Home fees. The latter is subject to a separate consultation process and, thus, a separate decision.

Decision Taken:

For regulated personal care within the Living Well at Home contract, an uplift of 3.15%
For regulated personal care that is outside that contract an uplift of 3.15% but capped at a maximum of £16.84
For unregulated care (enabling) an uplift of 2.15% up to a maximum of £16.32
For shared hours agreements for Supported Living an uplift of 2.15% to a maximum of £16.34
For Day Opportunities an uplift of 2.15% on the price agreed with eh provider following acceptance to the Select Supplier List

Summary of Reason(s) for Decision Taken:

The regulated personal care Living Well at Home (LWAH) contract has a formula built into it which calculates the uplift, taking account of CPI and changes to NMW and NLW. This has been applied
The cap on spot contracts outside this contract is consistent with our decision last year and reflects the different requirements of the LWAH contract and recognises that providers have the option to request a transition of their contracts to the LWAH service and thus increase their rates.
The rate of increase for all other contracts reflects the different nature of those services, in particular the lower travel time and costs involved and the lower volumes they deal with.
In all cases the effects of NMW and NLW increases have been considered

Summary of Alternatives or Options considered and rejected:

The LWAH increase is contractually defined and no alternative options would have been possible
For other contract two considerations were made:
a) not to apply any inflationary uplift – this was felt to be unreasonable, especially in the context of increases to the NMW and NLW
b) to inflate at the same rate as LWAH – it was determined that different business models and cost structures apply and for regulated providers the option exists to seek to transition to that contract and achieve a higher unit rate

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: Ian Hobbs, Senior Manager, Adult Commissioning and Health, ian.hobbs@devon.gov.uk, 01392 383000
Decision Date: 9 March 2017

A copy of this decision and any supporting documentation considered by the Officer taking this decision may also be made available or inspection by the public at the Council’s Offices or posted upon payment of any copying and postage charges. Any member of the public wishing to take up either of these options is asked to please ring 01392 382888 or email: members.services@devon.gov.uk