The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its consultation on fees that it proposes to charge providers in 2019/20.
The proposals follow the plans CQC set out to continue to meet the Treasury’s requirement to recover its ‘chargeable costs’ in full from providers.
CQC will analyse the feedback from this consultation on fees to prepare a response and a final fees scheme to recommend to the Secretary of State, whose consent is required to implement the scheme from 1 April 2019.
CQC has promised to continue to look carefully at its costs, and to demonstrate that it is fair, efficient, effective and proportionate. CQC’s budget, in relation to the overall spending on health and adult social care in England, remains at 0.16%.
The regulator is estimating that:
- Community social care locations supporting up to 22 service users will see a fee increase of no more than £144 per annum. This represents half of all locations.
- The average residential social care provider with 26-30 beds at one location would see a fee reduction of £64 under the new proposals.
Ian Trenholm, Chief Executive of CQC, said, 'Health and social care regulation makes a real and practical difference to people’s lives and there needs to be a strong, independent regulator who will always act on the side of people who use services.
'Protecting the public in this way has a financial cost. The fees paid by providers enable us to fulfil our purpose of making sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care.
'The consultation proposals we have published today follow the plans we set out to meet the Treasury’s requirement to recover our chargeable costs in full from providers. This consultation period gives providers and their representatives the opportunity to review, comment upon and plan for any changes that may affect them from April 2019.'