Help improve the care sector
The government's social care reforms are planned for 2023 and we need to work with care providers to understand the Fair Cost of Care in Surrey.
It's an opportunity for care providers and local authorities to secure extra funding and suggest improvements to the care sector.
It affects companies delivering care to residents directly or through local authority contracts.
If you are a care provider in the sectors below, then please get involved.
- Care homes for over 65s
- Home based care for over 18s
What is the Fair Cost of Care exercise?
We will ask care providers to complete a financial modelling exercise, covering most aspects of service delivery and organisational management for the past two financial years.
We will consolidate all responses to provide local authority commissioners a 'median' cost for the actual delivery of care during that time.
The exercise is focused on the cost of providing care including return on:
- capital for residential and nursing services.
This of course is not the same as the price charged which will take other factors into account such as additional or enhanced services people may choose to purchase and the amount people with means are willing to pay for services.
This is our chance to work together to ensure the government understands the true value of social care in our county and move towards paying the fair cost for care.
How will it work?
We are organising events and clear communications to help you respond to this exercise.
We ran virtual engagement events in mid-June.
Weekly drop in sessions
Home based care providers
Please join a drop-in session for home based care providers. These will take place on MS Teams. Click on the relevant date and time below to join the meeting:
- Wednesday 29 June, 9am to 10am
- Tuesday 5 July, 9am to 10am
- Tuesday 12 July, 3.30pm to 4.30pm
- Wednesday 20 July, 9am to 10am
- Tuesday 26 July, 1.30pm to 2.30pm
Residential and nursing homes
Please join a drop-in session for residential and nursing homes. These will take place on MS Teams. Click on the relevant date and time below to join the meeting:
- Tuesday 28 June, 12pm to 1pm
- Tuesday 5 July, 2.30pm to 3.30pm
- Wednesday 13 July, 1pm to 2pm
- Tuesday 19 July, 12.30pm to 1.30pm
- Thursday 28 July, 9am to 10am
Why should I get involved?
The government has committed to providing additional funding to ensure local authorities can pay a Fair Cost for Care.
Our initial funding allocation in 2022 to 2023 is £2.7million.
If the 'median' cost for the actual delivery of care evidenced by provider returns indicates that Surrey County Council should pay more for care, we can spend at least 75% of this fund to support increasing fees to move towards a fairer cost of care and support market sustainability.
We can spend the remaining 25% on other activities supporting the implementation of the Fair Cost of Care policy agenda. However, we aim to ensure as much funding as possible is targeted at increasing market sustainability.
Risk of losing government funding if you don't respond
If there is a lack of sufficient engagement from Surrey's providers and we don't complete the cost of care exercises successfully, then there is a serious risk that Surrey will not receive any funding from government.
What will the Fair Cost of Care figures be used for?
The Fair Cost of Care figure(s) derived from this exercise will be used:
- as the costs for individuals progressing towards the new cap on care which is set to be £86,000. Once a resident reaches this threshold, they will no longer be responsible for funding their own Care Act eligible 'care'
- to support Local Authorities to pay the right contribution for someone's care, which will include supporting many more self-funders as part of the reforms
- to show the government what finances are needed to support more equitable and sustainable pay for care in each local authority.
It will be vital that following this exercise we work with you, our providers, to look to the future as this exercise will deliver the cost for delivery in 2021 to 2022 but we are being asked to look to the future and plan for paying a Fair Cost of Care over the next 3 to 5 years and beyond.
By 14 October 2022 we need to:
- explain to the government how we will use any additional funding to move towards paying a Fair Cost for Care over the next three years.
- set out a clear market appraisal to understand how markets can be supported to be sustainable, robust, and diverse. This includes understanding potential future risks, social care reforms.
Find out more about the Adult social care charging reform (Gov.UK)
Please email ASC.FCofC@surreycc.gov.uk if you have any queries.