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Cash row with Town Hall hits old people’s homes

PUBLISHED: 20:18 13 January 2009 | UPDATED: 13:57 05 October 2010

PENSIONERS in residential homes in London’s East End could miss out on vital care because of a lack of Town Hall cash, according to charity bosses. Now Tower Hamlets council has come under attack from the Community Care Association for offering increases of two per cent below inflation in its annual funding to independently-run old people’s homes

By Gemma Collins

PENSIONERS in residential homes in London’s East End could miss out on vital care because of a lack of Town Hall cash, according to charity bosses.

Now Tower Hamlets council has come under attack from the Community Care Association for offering increases of two per cent below inflation in its annual funding to independently-run old people’s homes.

The charity, which represents independent care homes, is calling for a 4.1 per cent rise and says Tower Hamlets should be paying around £574 a week—but is only forking out £504. That’s £70 a head short, says the charity.

“Independent homes rely a lot on council funding,” its chief executive Martin Green told the East London Advertiser.

“Energy and staff expenses are rising, adding to the cost of running homes.

“But that’s not being reflected in the amount they receive from the council.

“Without the right money, the homes will pick out privately-funded people to care for, over state-funded pensioners.”

The Town Hall says some care homes in Tower Hamlets have received up to a 3.24 per cent increase since last April and claims it has the highest spend per capita on adult social care in London and the highest spend on older people.

The authority pays out £86 million on adult social care, but insists it has “a responsibility to taxpayers to negotiate the best value possible in our contracts.”


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