Council being sued for ‘underpayment’

    A Yorkshire care home provider is suing North Yorkshire Council
    over an alleged £70,000 underpayment of fees.

    Yorkshire Care Developments is taking the action in protest at what
    it claims are inadequate fees paid by the council to independent
    care homes for local authority-funded residents.

    Its action is backed by the Independent Care Group, which
    represents local care providers in York and North Yorkshire and has
    previously won two county court judgements against the council for
    unpaid fees dating back to 2001.

    ICG development director Keren Wilson said: “The ICG favours
    negotiation over fees wherever possible, but the board feels
    strongly that the county council has not taken the issue of a fair
    price for care seriously enough over a long period of time.”

    North Yorkshire Council said it was disappointed by the move.

    Councillor Murray Naylor, executive member for social services with
    responsibility for older people, said North Yorkshire social
    services and the ICG had worked together closely to arrive at the
    existing package.

    “Although the ICG believes available funds are insufficient to meet
    the aspirations of the care industry, we feel that the agreed
    inflationary increase and the other important changes we are making
    represent a positive step forward,” he said.

    Earlier this year, neighbouring York Council agreed a new deal with
    care home owners in which fees were increased by 4 per cent and
    £300,000 was provided to bridge the gap in fees between
    existing placements and new residents.

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