Stoke & Staffordshire

Care homes in Staffordshire to get £3.8m extra a year

Private residential care homes in Staffordshire are to receive an extra £3.8m a year from the county council.

It has approved a 13.2% increase in the amount it pays for private care places, an average rise of £46 per week.

It comes after a group of care providers, the Fairer Fee Forum (FFF), challenged in court a decision to freeze the rate in 2011.

The authority currently spends about £58m a year for 3,500 people in private homes and council-run care facilities.

Prof Martin Green, from the FEF said: "I'm pleased that the council have finally seen sense but I'm greatly saddened that it had to be taken to court to reach a level of fairness.

"That delay has left some care associations with cash flow issues and even with the rise it's sad that some care is being funded at the lowest possible level."

Robbie Marshall, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, said: "Our review of fees for care homes for our vulnerable people has taken into account all of the relevant care costs.

"If someone needs residential or nursing care but is unable to pay for it, we must make arrangements to provide care in a place of the person's choice."

The increase in fees will apply from the start of the current financial year, and will be backdated to the start of April 2013, the council said.

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