North Northamptonshire Council has agreed to raise the rates it pays to residential and home care providers with clients who are funded by the authority.
The council’s executive committee agreed an uplift for 2021/22 at a meeting yesterday (June 22).
An uplift of 2.25 per cent was agreed for home care suppliers and 2.7 per cent for older persons residential homes.
The home care uplift was primarily in relation to the National Living Wage increase.
This will have an annual anticipated impact of an additional £0.262m to the social care budget.
The older people’s and residential care nursing fee uplift was as a result of the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic both financially and on the wellbeing of staff. This will have an additional annual impact of £0.209m.
Previous uplifts from 2018 to 2021 for Northamptonshire County Council for older people’s residential care and nursing care were: 2018/2019 - 2.6 per cent; 2019/2020 – three per cent and 2021/2021 – five per cent.
Before 2018, there had been no official uplifts granted for several years which was the rationale to provide a five per cent uplift for 2020-21.
Sol Buckner, Local Democracy Reporting Service