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CQC outlines proposed regulatory fees for providers from next April

25 October 2018
  • Media

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is publishing its consultation on the fees that it proposes to charge providers in 2019/20.

The proposals follow the plans CQC set out to continue to meet the Treasury’s requirement to recover its ‘chargeable costs’ in full from providers.

CQC will analyse the feedback from this consultation to prepare a response and a final fees scheme to recommend to the Secretary of State, whose consent is required to implement the scheme from 1 April 2019.

CQC will continue to look carefully at its costs, and to demonstrate that it is fair, efficient, effective and proportionate. CQC’s budget, in relation to the overall spending on health and adult social care in England, remains at 0.16%.

Ian Trenholm, Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission (CQC), said:

“Health and social care regulation makes a real and practical difference to people’s lives and there needs to be a strong, independent regulator who will always act on the side of people who use services.

“Protecting the public in this way has a financial cost. The fees paid by providers enable us to fulfil our purpose of making sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care.

“The consultation proposals we have published today follow the plans we set out to meet the Treasury’s requirement to recover our chargeable costs in full from providers. This consultation period gives providers and their representatives the opportunity to review, comment upon and plan for any changes that may affect them from April 2019.”

The consultation runs until midday on 17 January 2019.


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Last updated:
25 October 2018

Notes to editors

  1. For further information about CQC’s consultation on its fees please visit
  2. CQC is required to set fees under the Health and Social Care Act 2008, subject to consultation and the consent of the fees scheme by the Secretary of State. The next fees scheme will take legal effect on 1 April 2019 and will replace the current scheme.
  3. Registered providers are liable for paying the amount set out in the fees scheme as an annual charge. The amount they pay generally depends on the type and size of the services they provide.
  4. Providers can choose to pay their fees in instalments or as a single amount.
  5. 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.

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.