On 19 June 2018, recommended fees were approved for placements in Ceredigion’s independent sector care homes for older people for the period of 2018 to 2019.

Ceredigion County Council’s Cabinet agreed to set a fee of £558 per week for residential care and £569 per week for nursing care. They also agreed premiums of £37 should apply to residential and nursing elderly and mentally infirm care. These are fees paid to independent care homes by the Council to place older people who require support in care homes.

The Council is subject to Welsh Government guidance which obliges the Council to have a mechanism to discuss costs and performance with independent care providers. The setting of fees need to take into account current and future costs of providers as well as surrounding factors that influence costs.

Councillor Alun Williams, Cabinet Member responsible for Adult Services said, “It’s important that the Council finds the right balance each year, setting fees that are cost effective whilst supporting high quality care, bearing in mind the cost pressures to which our providers are subject.”

This decision supports the Council’s efforts to achieve the strategic objective of providing services that contribute to a healthy environment, healthier lives and protect those who are vulnerable in the county.