Fees paid to firms which offer home care services on behalf of Derbyshire Council are going up by two per cent – in return for a drive to improve workers’ conditions.
The rise will mean agencies are paid £10.80 for each hour of home care they provide, up from £10.56, a sum which includes a travel payment increase of 5p per visit.
Around 3,700 people across Derbyshire currently receive care on the council’s behalf from up to 50 independent agencies.
The Derbyshire Homecare Association, which represents many of the firms, asked the council for the fee increase, citing reasons such as a higher minimum wage, the expansion of workplace pensions and more expensive insurance premiums.
The council says it will work closely with agencies to improve terms and conditions for staff, including reducing the number of workers on zero-hours contracts.
Coun Claire Neill, cabinet member for adult social care, said: “We are committed to ensuring people receive high quality care at home when they need it.
“We will be working with agencies to support improvement of terms and conditions for their staff and ensuring this happens.”