Adult care policies and strategies
Information on the latest adult social care policies and strategies for Wiltshire
Market Sustainability and Fair Cost of Care Fund
In December 2021, the government announced the Market Sustainability and Fair Cost of Care Fund. The primary purpose of the fund was to support local authorities to prepare their markets for reform (which has now been delayed until 2025) and to support local authorities to move towards paying providers a fair cost of care.
Fair Cost of Care exercise
As a part of the grant conditions, councils were required to undertake a Fair Cost of Care exercise, and submit the results of this to the DHSC in a prescribed format. Wiltshire Council completed the exercise with providers. The details of the exercise, and the outputs, can be found in the cost of care reports attached below:
It is important to note that the Cost of Care exercise was a data gathering exercise undertaken by the council on behalf of the DHSC, it is not a replacement for the fee setting process. We want to work towards a fair cost of care that is built on sound judgement, evidence and negotiation and, critically, one that is affordable through the funding provided by government.
Market Sustainability Plan
In addition to the cost of care exercise, councils had to produce a Market Sustainability Plan and submit this to the DHSC. This document can be found in the published Agenda, Cabinet - Tuesday 28 March 2023 10am.