Care Providers Annual Fee Review 2020 - 2021
Decision Maker: Cabinet member health and adult wellbeing
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: Yes
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To approve the annual fee increases as detailed in tables one and two as detailed in the resource section and taking note of responses from Providers in appendix 1. The fees have been reviewed in line with contractual obligations and feedback received from social care providers within the market which are currently commissioned to deliver essential services to the most vulnerable adults across the county. The increase for April 2020 has been informed by the recent announcement of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) increase of 6.2%. Paying a competitive rate is essential in order to have a resilient market which can recruit and retain a workforce.
(a) Care providers fees are increased as detailed in tables one and two are approved and will take effect from 6 April 2020 and;
(b) Authority to approve future annual fee reviews be delegated to the Director Adults and Communities.
Alternative options considered:
1. No uplift – this is not recommended, care providers will face significant budget pressure to meet the recent announcement of the National Minimum Wage (NMW).
2. Pay a lower uplift within budget – this is not recommended, workforce pressures are already evident within the health and social care market. Providers must be able to recruit and retain staff to ensure continuity and quality services to the customers it supports.
3. The council could pay a higher increase. This is not recommended whilst the council needs to invest in the market it has to be affordable.
Reason Key: Expenditure and strategic nature / impact on communities;
Wards Affected: (All Wards);
Contact: Laura Tyler, Head of care commissioning Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01432 260641.
Publication date: 25/03/2020
Date of decision: 25/03/2020
Effective from: 01/04/2020