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Council slammed over care homes

PUBLISHED: 17:09 17 December 2008 | UPDATED: 10:33 11 August 2010

BARKING and Dagenham Council have been accused of not providing enough funding for residential care homes. The English Community Care Association claim the council has refused to increase funding for care services in line with inflation. Martin Green, Chi

BARKING and Dagenham Council have been accused of not providing enough funding for residential care homes.

The English Community Care Association claim the council has refused to increase funding for care services in line with inflation.

Martin Green, Chief Executive of ECCA, says inflation rose by 3.5% this financial year, but council spending on care homes only went up by 1.9-2%.

He said: "The costs of running a home are rising considerably, and the borough is not meeting these costs.

"Instead, the homes are having to meet the costs themselves, or rely on the help of charities so they can continue to give a high quality of care.

"At the same time as the council tell residential care providers that there is no money for inflation rate increases, they are levying increases to council tax payers. It seems adult care is not a priority for them."

The ECCA say they now fear the authority will use the credit crunch as an excuse for insufficient funding increases next year.

The council responded by saying they had a good track record in investing in older people's services.

A spokesperson said: "In 07/08 the per capita allocation for over 65s was £1,475, compared to £873 average for England.

"In comparison to other outer London boroughs we are in the top third by budget allocated per head for people aged 65 and over."

They also pointed to the fact that the council was recently given the highest possible rating in adult social care by the Commission for Social Care Inspection, adding that the inspectors were particularly impressed with services provided to older people


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