New analysis warns government has ‘seriously underestimated’ the costs of adult social care charging reforms

England’s largest councils and care providers today warn that care homes could face widespread closures and a shortage of beds when adult social care reforms are introduced next year, with the government ‘seriously underestimating’ the costs of its proposals by at least £854m a year.

The warning comes as the County Councils Network (CCN) releases a new independent report by healthcare market specialists LaingBuisson, which analyses two key aspects of the government’s adult social care reforms: proposals to allow private payers (self-funders) to ask councils to arrange care on their behalf at lower local authority rates and the intention to introduce a new ‘Fair Cost of Care’, which aims to increase care fees paid by councils to make the care market sustainable.

Download the report Impact Assessment of the Implementation of Section 18(3) of The Care Act 2014 and Fair Cost of Care here.