Inspection and Regulation

05.04.18

Community care only sector affected by CQC fee rise this year

Community social care providers will see an increase in their payments to the CQC this year, the CQC has confirmed.

The organisation’s regulatory functions are funded by provider fees and grant-in-aid from the Department of Health and Social Care.

Government policy requires the chargeable costs of regulating health and adult social care in England to be fully recovered by the CQC.

The regulatory fees paid by health and adult social care providers have reached full chargeable cost recovery for most providers, and so the inspectorate held a public consultation into its fees to ensure that they remain fair.

Following the consultation, the only sector that will see an overall increase in fees in 2018-19 is the community social care sector, in line with the CQC’s four-year trajectory to full chargeable cost recovery.

The grant-in-aid funding from the government will decrease by the same amount.

A community social care provider with three locations and 50, 100 and 45 service users at each location will see its fee increase from £6,093 to £9,643, and a GP provider with two locations and patient lists of 10,000 and 8,300 will see its fee increase from £8,371 to £11,449.

But some areas will see their fees decrease. A GP provider with one location and a list of 5,200 will pay £3,473, down from £4,526, and a community social care provider with one location and 15 service users will pay just £926, down from £2,192.

The CQC says that its 2018-19 fees represent just 0.16% of the overall indicative turnover of the health and social care market.

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