CSCI could carry out snap inspections of councils

    The government may instruct the Commission for Social Care
    Inspection to carry out snap inspections of councils if providers
    complain about fees, potentially undermining its drive to cut
    regulation, writes Mithran Samuel.


    Community Care minister Stephen Ladyman told care providers that
    CSCI should act on their complaints about low fees for care by
    inspecting how councils commission services.

    He told today’s annual long-term care for older people
    conference: “If you say to CSCI we are being hammered on
    price the CSCI has the power to inspect the council.

    “In my view they should immediately go and inspect the
    council’s commissioning processes and work out whether the
    council has a commissioning system that provides a fair rate for

    His comments call into question CSCI’s commitment to cut
    the burden of regulation on both councils and providers and make
    inspection proportionate to risk.

    Despite a number of comments from providers about low fees, the
    conference heard fee inflation had increased significantly since
    2000, doubling in the case of non-nursing care homes from 4% to 8%
    per year.

    However, Laing & Buisson director William Laing, who
    presented the figures, suggested the trend was unlikely to

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