Cost of Care exercise and Market Sustainability Plan

Cost of Care exercise

As part of the government’s adult social care reforms, we've carried out a Cost of Care exercise. We've done this to:

  • reach an understanding with providers about the local cost of care
  • create and publish a market sustainability plan

We've identified costs in the local area for the following care categories:

  • care homes for those aged over 65, including:
    • standard residential care
    • residential care for enhanced needs
    • standard nursing care
    • nursing care for enhanced needs
  • domiciliary care for those aged over 18

We consulted local providers in July 2022. Many thanks to those providers who took part and submitted a response to our Cost of Care exercise.

On 14 October 2022 we submitted our Cost of Care report, Annex B and provisional Market Sustainability Plan to the Department of Health and Social Care for review.

On 17 November 2022 the government announced a delay to social care reform until October 2025.

On 21 December 2022 the Department of Health and Social Care advised councils that they had reviewed all Cost of Care reports and provisional Market Sustainability Plans. We can now share Annex B of the Cost of Care report. The report can be found as agenda item 6 on our Democracy pages.

The Annex B Cost of Care reports have been through our governance process. They were presented to Cabinet on 31 January 2023 and agreed.

Market Sustainability Plan

You can view or download a copy of our final Market Sustainability Plan here:

Market Sustainability Plan March 2023

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