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CQC announces changes in regulatory fees for providers

23 March 2015
  • Media

Following a public consultation last year and approval from the Secretary of State for Health, the regulator has revised the fees that providers will have to pay from April so that it can effectively register, monitor, and inspect them and make sure that people receive safe, high-quality and compassionate health and adult social care.

The increase for 2015/16 is 9%: CQC recommended this increase in its consultation, as it continues to recover the costs from its new way of regulating health and adult social care across England.

The impact of this is an increase of:

  • £69 for a general practice with 10,001 to 15,000 registered patients
  • £238 for a care home with 21 to 25 beds
  • £6,458 for a NHS trust with an annual turnover of £125 million to £225 million

Dental providers will pay the same fees as they have done in 2014/15 because the cost of their regulation is recovered fully already.

In the summer, CQC will introduce the option for providers to pay by instalments and by direct debit, to help them manage their cash flows.

Also, CQC will publish a calculator on its website next month to help providers work out their exact fees for 2015/16, alongside detailed fees guidance.

David Behan, Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission, said: "Our commitment is to make sure that people receive safe, high-quality and compassionate care and we are confident our new way of registering, inspecting and monitoring services allows us to do this.

"We understand that the increase in fees is happening at difficult economic time for many providers but we hope that they, and importantly those who use their services, are seeing the benefits of our inspections, which allow us to identify where improvements are needed and to celebrate what services are doing well.

"We are determined to deliver value for money by being an efficient and effective organisation."

CQC has developed its fees strategy for 2015/16 with an advisory panel, which includes representatives from providers across all sectors, and it follows a public consultation last October. CQC expects to consult on its fees strategy for 2016/17 and beyond in the autumn.


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Last updated:
29 May 2017

Notes to editors

  1. All services registered with the CQC are required under the Health and Social Care Act 2008 to pay fees to cover the cost of registration and inspection. The fees paid by providers, together with grant-in-aid from the government are central to making sure that CQC can carry out the job it is committed to delivering – registering and inspecting health and adult social care providers to ensure they provide care that is safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs and well-led, monitoring them to make sure they continue to do so, and taking action if they do not. For further information about CQC’s fees strategy for 2015/16, including a summary of the responses submitted during the public consultation, please visit:
  2. The CQC is expected by HM Treasury to work towards fully covering the cost of its regulation of providers though the fees that it charges them, thus reducing its grant-in-aid from the government. For further information, please visit:
  3. Last year, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) formally rolled out its new approach to monitoring and inspecting health and adult social care services across England, which includes greater involvement from members of the public, better use of information to identify risk, and more thorough, specialised and expert-led visits. Inspection teams assess whether services are delivering care that is safe, caring, effective, responsive to people’s needs, and well-led.

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.