Fees hike attacked as threat to homes

    Care home representatives have slammed fee increases for the
    registration and inspection of care services from April 2005,
    announced by community care minister Stephen Ladyman this week.

    Nadra Ahmed, chair of the National Care Homes Association, said
    the increases were “absolutely appalling” and could force some
    homes to close.

    Commission for Social Care Inspection fees are to rise by 20 per
    cent. Healthcare Commission registration fees will rise by 50 per
    cent and inspection fee increases will range from 20 to 55 per

    Care homes will see their registration fees rise from
    £1,584 to £1,901, and their annual inspection fees
    increase from £216 to £259.

    Delivering a statement to parliament, Ladyman said the
    government wanted to move towards recovering the full costs of
    providing regulations from service providers.

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