The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has confirmed what it will charge health and adult social care providers in England this year. The changes in CQC fees for 2019/20 will take effect from 1st April 2019.
The confirmation follows public consultation on CQC's proposals for the fees, which took place between 25th October 2018 and 17th January 2019.
After consideration of the consultation responses received, the main decisions made on CQC fees for 2019/20 are:
- An increase in fees for the community social care sector by £1.5m as part of the final year of a four-year trajectory to full chargeable cost recovery.
- An increase in fees for the dental sector by £0.6m to better align the cost of regulation with the fees collected.
- A decrease in fees for the residential social care sector by £0.8m to better align the cost of regulation with the fees collected.
CQC states that this scheme ensures it completes its aim of recovering all costs for all sectors, as required by HM Treasury. This means that the regulatory costs are paid for by provider fees, as opposed to being subsidised by funding from Government.
Additionally, this scheme addresses issues in sectors where CQC needed to balance fees recovered with the cost of regulating those sectors.
Ian Trenholm, Chief Executive at the Care Quality Commission (CQC) said, 'From 1st April 2019 we move to full recovery of our costs from providers. Our fees represent around 0.16% of the overall indicative turnover of the health and social care market and enable us to fulfil our purpose of making sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care.
'We will continue to make savings wherever possible, to look carefully at our operating costs, and make careful investments to offer a service which minimises the financial impact on providers.'