voicing through the media, but to accuse local authorities of operating
double standards in relation to residential care fees is not only untrue -
it is inaccurate and misleading.
The facts of the matter are clear, simple and spelt out below.
At or last meeting on 26 July COSLA offered:
* an additional£10m on a full year basis all of which would be spent
on care in homes for older persons per person per week
* a proposed minimum national rate of£346 for nursing care per person
* that the minimum national rates for residential care would rise pro
rata to the nursing care rate (ie to£231.70 from£225 and to£268.77
from£261) per person per week
* that beyond these new national minimum rates councils would enter
into discussions with local providers about how the balance of available
funds would be spent
* that this was an interim offer - a national review of longer term
arrangements including appropriate cost structures, to report back later
this year was on offer if the rest of the deal was accepted.
* that no further funding was available for the interim offer
* that Scottish Care action must cease as part of the settlement
Following considerable discussion during which we explained that the fine
details of the settlement could only be resolved by local discussions
because each council would require to determine with providers how to use
any funding available beyond that needed for the new national minimum
rates the following position was reached.
It was agreed to allow a short time to clarify what the local discussions
element of the settlement would result in. Further meeting on Wednesday
15 August at which a report back would be made on the local packages.
The benefit of this would be that it gives councils an opportunity to try
to engage with providers locally and explain the merits of the offer and
what it means at local level.
One final point worth noting and that is that this money will continue to
be on the table for local providers even if Scottish Care turn it down at
These are the true facts and the accurate up to date position.