Adult Social Care Fees 2021/22 – Options for Consultation
To consider the attached report of the Cabinet Member for Social Care and Ageing Well / Director of Commissioning.
The Board considered the report of the Assistant Director - Commissioning (Prevention and Adult Social Care) that provided proposed options for the funding of the Real Living Wage (RLW) in the context of the fee setting process for Adult Social Care Fees 2021/22.
No alternatives were presented within the report as the decision at the August meeting was that the decision on the report be deferred to a future meeting of the Integrated Commissioning Board to enable the Chief Executive /Accountable Officer explore further alternative options for the funding of the proposals.
1. That the plan to fund the Real Living Wage for care workers recurrently from April 2021/22 be approved;
2. That it be agreed that fee consultation with the sector can begin in November 2020 on the basis of providing for the Real Living Wage.
Reasons for the decision:
The Council is required to set a balanced budget and manage the Adult Social Care Market to ensure adequacy of services to meet needs and demands of citizens seeking care and support.
The funding solution identified provides a means of meeting the real living wage for all care workers and full delivery on the Care Workers Ethical Charter.