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Dear Middlesbrough Council,

All questions below are related to the support of people with disabilities, learning disabilities, autism and/or acquired brain injuries - adults only. Furthermore, all questions relate to provision of domiciliary and residential care without nursing.

The questions do not relate to situations where a person's health/abilities has decreased and additional funding is needed for increased support. Rather, the questions relate to the general hourly rate paid by the Local Authority, to a provider for the delivery of support and care.

Has the Council agreed to increase the rate to any provider during the last 4 years as a consequence of the provider initiating a negotiation? If yes, how many providers did you agree to increase their fee? What is the maximum fee increase you agreed to? What is the minimum fee increase you agreed to?

Has the Council agreed to increase the rate to any provider during the last 2 years as a consequence of the provider initiating a negotiation? If yes, how many providers did you agree to increase their fee? What is the maximum fee increase you agreed to? What is the minimum fee increase you agreed to?

Has the Council agreed to increase the rate to any provider during the last 1 year as a consequence of the provider initiating a negotiation? If yes, how many providers did you agree to increase their fee? What is the maximum fee increase you agreed to? What is the minimum fee increase you agreed to?

If the Council has, at any point, agreed to increase their paid rates, what are the main reasons the Council may be willing to do this? I.e. How do you make the decision to agree to increase the rate versus maintain the rate even though it is financially unviable for a provider.

I very much appreciate the Council shedding light on this.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Hansen

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Dear Alex Hansen

 

REF NO:014458

 

I am writing to confirm that Middlesbrough Council has now completed its
search for the information you requested on 10^th May 2019.  Your request
has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of
Information Act.  Please accept my sincere apologies for the delay in
responding to your request.

 

In your request you asked for the following information:

 

Response:

 

Has the Council agreed to increase the rate to any provider during the
last 4 years as a consequence of the provider initiating a negotiation? If
yes, how many providers did you agree to increase their fee? What is the
maximum fee increase you agreed to? What is the minimum fee increase you
agreed to?

No

 

Has the Council agreed to increase the rate to any provider during the
last 2 years as a consequence of the provider initiating a negotiation? If
yes, how many providers did you agree to increase their fee? What is the
maximum fee increase you agreed to? What is the minimum fee increase you
agreed to?

Yes

One Provider

Maximum Fee agreed £1,224

Reason - Evidence based financial negotiation

 

Has the Council agreed to increase the rate to any provider during the
last 1 year as a consequence of the provider initiating a negotiation? If
yes, how many providers did you agree to increase their fee? What is the
maximum fee increase you agreed to? What is the minimum fee increase you
agreed to?

No

 

If the Council has, at any point, agreed to increase their paid rates,
what are the main reasons the Council may be willing to do this? I.e. How
do you make the decision to agree to increase the rate versus maintain the
rate even though it is financially unviable for a provider.

See above

 

NB: Please note that other negotiations have taken place resulting in
increased fees, however this is following the annual uprate process
initiated by the Council.

If you have any queries about this response, please do not hesitate to
contact me via email [Middlesbrough Council request email].  Please remember to quote
the reference number shown above in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the way your request has been handled you may ask
for an internal review within 40 days of receipt of the response. You
should write to:-

Ann-Marie Johnstone,

Governance and Information Manager,
P.O. Box 500
2^nd Floor

Civic Centre

Middlesbrough

TS1 9FT

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for an
independent review.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: -

Information Commissioner’s Office,
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire,
SK9 5AF

Yours sincerely

Janette Anderson

Information Requests Officer

Strategy, Information and Governance
P.O. Box 500
Civic Centre

Middlesbrough

TS1 9FT

Email:   [Middlesbrough Council request email]
 

 

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