Care Quality Commission: Finance

Department of Health written question – answered on 11th June 2015.

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Photo of Daniel Zeichner Daniel Zeichner Labour, Cambridge

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what resources have been allocated to the Care Quality Commission to fulfil its new powers of investigation under Sections 53-56 of the Care Act 2014.

Photo of Ben Gummer Ben Gummer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) took on responsibility for the market oversight scheme set out in Sections 53 to 56 of the Care Act 2014, on 6 April 2015. CQC published guidance for providers on the scheme in March 2015. Forty three corporate providers of adult social care services were informed in April 2015 that they would be subject to the scheme.

The CQC is funded from two sources: fee income, levied on the health and social care providers that it regulates; and grant in aid (GIA) funding from the Department. The grant in aid allocated to the CQC for 2015/16 is £120 million. The provision of GIA, which is described as unspecific support, is intended to finance CQC’s spending including resources such as those associated with market oversight.

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Richard Taylor
Posted on 13 Jun 2015 3:41 pm (Report this annotation)

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) describe the current "market oversight" scheme at saying:

"Market Oversight is a statutory scheme through which [the CQC] will assess the financial sustainability of those care organisations that local authorities would find difficult to replace should they fail and become unable to carry on delivering a service."
http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/market-oversight-adult-social-...

Sections 53-56 of the Care Act 2014, referred to in the question are headed "Market oversight" and are published at:

http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2014/23/part/1/crosshead...

The Care Quality Commission guidance referred to in the answer is available at:

http://www.cqc.org.uk/sites/default/files/20150327_market_ov...