Tameside Council has increased its basic fees to care homes and
intends to raise the financial bonuses given to superior quality
Weekly fees for residential care have gone up from £265 to
£279, nursing care from £379 to £390, and care for
the elderly and mentally ill from £400 to £412.
The council currently offers an extra £5 per bed per week as a
bonus for homes that achieve a list of quality indicators which
include room size and training. These “quality premiums” are set to
increase to £10 per bed in 2004-5 and £15 in 2005-6, and
the indicators will be made more challenging.