Fair Cost of Care Survey 2022 – for over 18 Home Care and over 65 Care Homes

During 2022, the Government's Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) asked local authorities with responsibility for adult social care to survey care providers about the costs of providing services in their area.  This was applicable to home care services for those aged over 18 and older people care homes. The aim of the exercise was to establish the median cost of care, which was reflective of providers’ April 2022 cost pressures, and could be used to establish a “fair fee rate” for these services. The authority published the Fair Cost of Care “Annex B” in January 2023.

The information was required in preparation for changes to the statutory framework (Section 18(3) of the Care Act) for adult social care which would entitle anyone needing care home accommodation to ask the local authority to contract for this, regardless of their financial circumstances.  Since the council submitted its Fair Cost of Care information the DHSC has announced that these reforms will be deferred until 2025. 

The Annex B publications for Bolton are available here:

We are now publishing our local Market Sustainability Plan.  This identifies current supply and future market changes required over the next three years in the over 18 home care and older people care home market in Bolton. This has been updated from our original draft following two engagement events with providers in February 2023.

Further Information

If you have queries about any of these documents, please let us know by email to Commissioning@bolton.gov.uk