Care Quality Commission (CQC) confirm their fees for registered providers in 2019/20

The changes to CQC fees have now been confirmed and are outlined on the fees consultation page of the CQC website.

This page also contains the CQC’s response to the consultation and supporting information and guidance.

This follows the public consultation between 25 October 2018 and 17 January 2019 on their proposals for the fees that they will charge providers of health and adult social care in England from 1 April 2019.

Following consideration of the consultation responses, the CQC have made a number of decisions on their fees scheme for 2019/20.

The decisions can be broken down into two themes. First, to complete their trajectory to full cost recovery for all sectors, as required by HM Treasury. By this they mean that their regulatory costs are paid for by provider fees, and no longer subsidised by grant-in-aid funding from the government.

Second, to address fees for certain sectors where they needed to balance fees recovered with the cost of regulating those sectors.

The results of these decisions for social care can be summarised as follows:

  • CQC will increase fees for the community social care sector by £1.5 million as part of the final year of a four-year trajectory to full chargeable cost recovery.
  • CQC will decrease fees for the residential social care sector by £0.8 million to better align the cost of regulation with the fees collected.

Examples of the fee changes that community social care and residential social care providers can expect include:

  • Community social care locations with 1 to 10 people using the service (representing 25% of the sector) will see their fee increase by no more than £86, with a fee ranging from £293 to £782.
  • Residential social care locations with 1 to 15 residents (representing 38% of the sector) will see their fee reduce by up to £40, with a fee ranging from £313 to £1,634.

Community social care providers will also be affected by the structural changes made last year, as well as the overall increase mentioned above. 89% of community social care providers have seen reduced fees both in 2018/19 and in 2019/20 compared to the 2017/18 fee scheme following these structural changes.

For all other sectors, the fee scheme remains unchanged, which means a provider’s fee will remain the same as that for 2018/19, providing their registration remains unchanged.

You can use the fees calculator published on the CQC’s website to help work out the annual fee for your service for 2019/20. You can also find guidance on how and when to pay your fees, including information on paying by instalment.


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