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Fee increase for adult social care providers in Bucks

The shadow executive voted to adopt the increase yesterday.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 2:24pm 11th March 2020. (Updated at 5:16pm 11th March 2020) 2-minute read.

Fee increase for adult social care providers in Bucks

Providers of adult social care in Bucks have had a fee increase approved. 

The Shadow Executive for Buckinghamshire Council has approved a proposed increase of 2% for care providers. 

The new unitary council will provide a range of services and one of those is the care of adults who may need assistance or who are unable to look after themselves. 

The companies that provide these services are paid by the local authority to do so, but many are seeing the cost of doing so increasing.

There are two main reasons for this, first the national living wage has increased over the past few years but also the demand for these services, particularly with Buckinghamshire's population of over 80's, has increased.

The budget for adult social care is taken from the council tax paid by local people and a lot of services are funded through this method, but the biggest portion goes to this service.

However, Councillor David Martin explained it will not be automatic for all providers:

"The increase is going to be up to 2% more than we give them but it is not a 2% increase across the board. They will have to demonstrate to the council their costs have increased so much they need this additional amount. 

"The providers are going to have to demonstrate they need to this extra money, which at the end of the day is provided by the Buckinghamshire residence who pay council tax."

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