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Social Care Support And Charges In Scotland

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Meals On Wheels Charges Range From £5 In Shetland To Free In Inverclyde GMB Congress Told

Negotiations between COSLA and the independent care home sector on setting how much all councils should pay for residential care must involve unions as fair pay for  workers has to be on the agenda says GMB

GMB Congress in Nottingham last week was told that Highland has the highest charge per hour for domiciliary care for residents who are required to pay for their own care with a maximum charge per hour of £18.00. This is the highest amount paid by 21 councils in Scotland who responded to a GMB survey. Of the councils who responded West Lothian has the lowest hourly charge with domiciliary care being £9.16 per hour.

No council in Scotland has opted out of providing a meals on wheels service. See notes to editors 3 for names of 56 councils in England and Wales who have opted out of directly providing meals on wheels service.

Of the 28 councils providing meals on wheels the highest charges for residents who are required to pay for their own care are in Shetland with £5.00 for a hot meal and pudding. Where there is a charge the lowest in West Dumbartonshire which charges £1.10 for a hot meal and pudding. Inverclyde Council do not charge for the cost of a hot meal from the meals on wheels service.

This data is from a GMB survey of Local Authorities. Set out below are the summary figures for all councils in Scotland listed alphabetically. The full survey with minimum and maximum rates and copious footnotes is attached to the national release as a pdf on www.gmb.org.uk. See notes to editors for information on eligibility thresholds in Scotland and England and Wales.

Residential care is free in Scotland. The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) negotiates annually with representatives of the independent care home sector as part of the National Care Home Contract (NCHC) to set how much all councils should pay. The current figure is £499.38 per week.

This compares with England and Wales where Croydon Council pays residential care home owners a maximum of £597.87 per week for residents in the borough who qualify for their residential care costs to be paid by the council. This is the highest amount paid by 152 councils in England and Wales who responded to a GMB survey. Surrey County Council pays a maximum of £326.45 per week for residents who qualify for their residential care costs to be paid by the council. This is the lowest for the 180 UK councils who responded.

 

Domiciliary care (per hour)

Meals on Wheels

 

 

 

Aberdeen City

£15.05

£2.85

Aberdeenshire

£12.00

 

Angus

£11.40

£2.70

Argyll and Bute

 

£4.88

Clackmannanshire

 

£2.94

Dumfries and Galloway (1)

£15.76

£2.60

Dundee City

£13.63

£3.10

East Ayrshire

£12.36

£2.42

East Dunbartonshire

£14.00

£2.30

East Lothian

 

£2.75

East Renfrewshire

 

 

Edinburgh, City of

£12.50

£2.88

Eilean Siar

 

 

Falkirk

 

 

Fife

 

£3.15

Glasgow City

£16.02

£3.03

Highland

£18.00

£2.95

Inverclyde

£11.50

Free

Midlothian

 

£2.51

Moray

£11.28

£4.00

North Ayrshire (2)

£12.55

£2.82

North Lanarkshire

 

£3.36

Orkney Islands

£15.45

£4.25

Perth and Kinross

£11.47

£2.70

Renfrewshire

£14.24

£2.50

Scottish Borders

£12.80

£2.99

Shetland Islands

£11.37

£5.00

South Ayrshire

 

 

South Lanarkshire

£9.89

£1.23

Stirling

£10.60

£2.49

West Dunbartonshire

 

£1.10

West Lothian

£9.16

£1.92

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 - proposed 2014/15

 

 

2 - Dom care figure is for average

 

 

 

 

 

Ian Smith, Chairman of Four Seasons Healthcare, said “We have an obligation to the elderly who contributed to our economy and society for a lifetime, many of them from the war generation, to ensure they have decent care in their later years.

The National Audit office say spending on adult social care has declined by 8% in the last 3 years. Industry sources say fees in residential care have by more than 5% since 200/11.

Harry Donaldson, Secretary GMB Scotland, said “The time is long overdue for politicians of all parties to face up to the social care funding crisis.

The fair cost of care model developed with the Rowntree Foundation sets the figure at £600 per week for residential. Councils in Scotland pay below that.

GMB Scotland should to be party to the annual negotiations between The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) and representatives of the independent care home sector when negotiating the National Care Home Contract (NCHC) setting how much all councils should pay.  Fair pay for the workforce has to be on the agenda at these talks.

GMB Scotland welcome that all councils directly providing a meals on wheels service unlike the position south of the border.

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Contact - GMB - Barry Fletcher on 07921 885775, Justin Bowden on 07710 631351 or GMB press office at 07921 289880 or 07974 251 823.

For Four Seasons Healthcare contact Robert Mitchell 07976 514 833

Notes to Editors

1 In Scotland, below a set weekly income a person cannot be asked to pay charges. This is known as the Minimum Income Threshold. In 2014/15 the Minimum Income Threshold is £173 or less for individuals over 60 for their weekly chargeable income. If the assessable weekly income is less than the Minimum Income Threshold figure, there will be no charge for services other than the flat rate charges.

The value of a first home will not be included when calculating capital, although second properties will be included.

If capital exceeds £16,000 a resident is liable to contribute the full charge for the service. If capital is £10,000-£16,000 then £1.00 will be added to weekly income for every complete £500 a resident has over the £10,000 threshold.

If capital is under £10,000 then resident needs a financial assessment.

2 In England and Wales, if a resident’s capital is below £23,250, they should be entitled to financial support from the local authority for residential and nursing care, domiciliary care and meal on wheels if available. If their capital is below £14,250 then they are entitled to maximum support. If their capital is between £14,250 and £23,250 they will also pay an additional charge of £1 per week for each £250 or part thereof between these two figures for residential care. This can amount to another £36 per week.

If assets, which may include ones homes are calculated to be above residents will, in most cases, be expected to privately pay for their own care.

3 In England and Wales 56 councils  have opted out of directly providing a Meals on Wheels service: These are Anglesey, Bexley, Blackpool, Bracknell Forest, Bromley, Cambridgeshire, Cheshire East, City of London, Conwy, Cornwall, County Durham, Darlington, Denbighshire, Doncaster, Dorset, Dudley, East Riding of Yorkshire, Enfield, Hartlepool, Hounslow, Kent, Knowsley, Lincolnshire, Luton, Manchester, Merthyr Tydfil, Middlesbrough, Newport, Norfolk, North Tyneside, North Yorkshire, Northamptonshire, Northumberland, Nottinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Poole, Redcar and Cleveland, Rochdale, Rotherham, Salford, Sefton, Sheffield, Slough, South Tyneside, St. Helens, Stockton-on-Tees, Swansea, Tameside, Wakefield, Walsall, Waltham Forest, Wandsworth, Warrington, Wirral, Wolverhampton, Wrexham. Some of these councils provide vouchers which are redeemable at commercial food providers to the public or make other similar arrangements.

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Additional Resources

GMB Survey of Residential Care Fees

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GMB Survey of Residential Care Fees