The government has announced adult social care charging reform is delayed until 2025. Other reforms to social care outlined in the white paper, People at the Heart of Care, are continuing.
The government has a new long-term vision for delivering adult social care in England that puts people and families at its heart. The vision promotes independence and enables people to live well as part of a community, as well as providing more support for the workforce.
There is more information on the government’s website with the content under review given the current delay to the adult social care charging reform.
What Bromley is doing to prepare for the reforms
Bromley is continuing with its work to prepare for the reforms and has reported back to the government.
Cost of care reports
Bromley Council has completed a cost of care exercise for market sustainability and fair cost of care fund, with the reports also showing the approach to the analysis of the data:
Annex B: cost of care report – 65+ care homes
This report was prepared in partnership with 65+ care homes who support people living in Bromley. The submission window closed on 15 August 2022 and therefore provides a snapshot in time at this date. The report document is designed for print and offline use only.
Annex B: Cost of Care Report – 18+ domiciliary care
This report was prepared In partnership with 18+ domiciliary care providers who support people living in Bromley. The submission window closed on 15 August 2022 and therefore provides a snapshot in time at this date. The report document is designed for print and offline use only.
There are several interdependencies that will significantly impact the costs of providing care. Since the deadline for data submissions on 15 August 2022, several new developments have emerged which are relevant to provider costs. These include:
- Energy costs: on 8 September 2022, central government announced a policy to provide financial support for households (energy price guarantee) alongside a new six-month scheme for businesses and other non-domestic users. The details of the scheme are yet to be published.
- Inflation: rate of inflation is unpredictable and continuously changing. The inflation rate for 2022/23 is not a reliable benchmark for determining fees in future financial years; it is necessary to have a dynamic approach to working with providers to understand actual costs.