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Officer Decisions

Head of Adult Commissioning and Public Health - Tim Golby

Summary of Matter or Issue Requiring Decision:

The award of inflationary uplift for care home fees for 2021/22

Decision Taken:

Following engagement and formal consultation with the care homes
market, the following decisions were taken:
1) To award a weighted average increase of 2.21 % on
banded fees
2) To increase non-banded fees, which are negotiated
individually, by 2.21%
3) To award increases to the personalised fee model rates
as follows:
a. 2.64% increase to residential accommodation rate
b. 2.50% increase to nursing accommodation rate
c. 2.35% increase to the care hour element
4) To consider ongoing cost pressures in 21/22 for the care
home market takes into account challenges generated for
providers as a result of the Covid19 pandemic and Brexit

Summary of Reason(s) for Decision Taken:

Devon County Council sets an annual fee rate which reflects the cost
of care it expects to pay for care and accommodation of individuals
with an eligible need.
As part of the Council’s original proposal of January 2021, the cost of
care figures were increased to reflect National Living Wage to be
applied from April 2021 and other nationally accepted measures of
inflation as at September 2020.
During January/February 2021, the Council consulted on its
proposals. The consultation received 13 responses, all of and which
were carefully considered by officers.
The Decision Maker has given due regard to the Consultation
Document, the Equality Impact Assessment, market conditions and
all consultation feedback. Following due consideration of these
documents, the Decision Maker reached the decision set out above.

Summary of Alternatives or Options considered and rejected:

1) To make an award greater than the original proposal. This option
was accepted following consideration of the consultation
responses.
2) To award the inflationary increase set out in the original proposal.
This was rejected following consideration of the consultation
responses which led officers to conclude that some further
increased costs are feasibly being experienced by providers over
and above inflationary figures set out in the original proposal and
a more detailed review of such matters would be required in
2021/22 once the longer-term impact of the Covid19 pandemic
and Brexit are better understood. .

Details of any conflict of interest and dispensation granted to the Officer taking the decision or by any Member of the Council in delegating responsibility for any specific express delegation:

None

Contact for enquiries/further information:
Name: Tim Golby Position: Head of Adult Commissioning and Health Email: tim.golby@devon.gov.uk Tel: 01392 383000
Decision Date:
25 March 2021

A copy of this decision and any supporting documentation considered by the Officer taking this decision may also be made available or inspection by the public at the Council’s Offices or posted upon payment of any copying and postage charges. Any member of the public wishing to take up either of these options is asked to please ring 01392 382888 or email: members.services@devon.gov.uk


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