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CQC invites providers to comment on proposed changes to fee payment scheme

2 November 2015
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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is encouraging providers and the bodies that represent them to help shape the changes it has to introduce to the fee payment scheme that underpins its regulatory model.

CQC has to change the fees it charges health and adult social care providers in order to be regulated. This is necessary to meet the Government's requirement for regulators, like CQC to recover their 'chargeable costs' in full from the fees that providers have to pay in order to be able to provide health and adult social care in England.

While the changes will differ across the different types of health and adult social care services, CQC is asking providers to give their feedback on whether the rate of the changes to 'full cost recovery' should take place over two or four years, starting from 1 April 2016.

This is as part of a public consultation.

David Behan, Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission, said: "Our commitment is to make sure that people receive safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care and we can see that our new inspection model is allowing us to support providers to do exactly that. The fees providers pay enables this important work to happen.

"We are required to move to full cost recovery and are consulting on how we do this. We recognise the financial pressures faced by many providers, and do not underestimate the impact of any changes to their fees. We developed our proposals with an expert panel; including representatives from the providers we regulate.

"We are committed to ensuring that we continue to monitor the costs of our regulatory work closely, as well as seek to improve our efficiency, evaluate our effectiveness and demonstrate the value of our approach to the public, as taxpayers and as people who use services, and to the sectors we regulate.

"We welcome feedback on these proposals."

The consultation runs until noon on 15 January 2016.  After this, CQC will review all responses and make recommendations to the Secretary of State, who is responsible for making the final decision about fees payments, and whose consent is required in order for the scheme to come into effect. CQC expects to publish the final fees scheme in March 2016, for implementation on 1 April 2016.


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2 November 2015

Notes to editors

  1. For further information about CQC's consultation on its fees strategy, please visit:
  2. CQC is required to set fees under the Health and Social Care Act 2008, subject to consultation and the approval of the fees scheme by the Secretary of State. The next fees scheme will take legal effect on 1 April 2016 and will replace the current scheme.
  3. Registered providers are liable for paying the amount set out in the fee scheme as an annual charge. The amount they pay depends on the type and size of the services they provide.
  4. CQC has introduced the facility for providers to be able to pay fees by instalments from and is continuing to offer this to all providers.
  5. CQC has developed its proposals with its Fees Advisory Panel – the panel members represent the major stakeholder organisations in the sectors CQC regulates.
  6. The amount spent on CQC regulation as a proportion of the total expenditure on health and adult social care in England is 16p for every £100 spent.
  7. For the latest information about CQC's plans for the future of health and adult social care regulation (2016-2021), please visit:
  8. For further information about CQC’s latest State of Care report, which found that strong leadership is crucial in high-quality care, please visit:

About the Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England.

We make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve.

We monitor, inspect and regulate services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and we publish what we find to help people choose care.