Sixteen councils were fined for delayed transfers of care in 2016-17, according to a survey by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services.
Fines ranged from £2,280 to £280,540 last year and of the councils fined 10 paid up.
The survey also revealed that eight councils have already been fined this financial year with penalties ranging from £3,000 to £99,970. Six councils have already paid the fine.
This comes as the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives & Senior Managers has warned health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s threat to take control of social care funding from councils deemed not to be sufficiently reducing delayed transfers of care could have “dire” consequences for vulnerable people.
LGC reported last week how Turning Point chief executive Lord Adebowale (Crossbench) warned people with learning disabilities will end up “on the streets” if the government fails to address charities’ backdated bills for sleep-in shifts.
Adass’s poll found the average cost, per local authority area, for councils, providers and self-funders to pay for six years of backpay for sleep-in shifts is £1.78m.
If this figure was applied to the 151 councils in England providing adult social care the total would amount to £269m, Adass said.