CQC fees scheme 2018/19 and consultation response
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its fees scheme 2018/19 consultation response. Following the move to a full chargeable cost recovery model in 2017/18, every year CQC must recoup the costs of regulating the trust sector. CQC therefore consulted on changing the fees scheme structure to more fairly distribute the costs of regulating the trust sector among all trusts.
- The new fees scheme will take effect from 1 April 2018.
- CQC has removed the current banding structure, and will now charge fees in proportion to the size of the trust in relation to the sector. CQC will continue to use annual turnover as the measure of this size.
- After consulting on three options, CQC has decided not to set either a maximum or a minimum fee.
- There is no new increase in the total amount of income CQC collects from trusts in 2018/19, but individual trusts will see a readjustment in the fee owed to CQC.
- CQC will review the changes it is implementing for 2018/19, and will consult again in autumn 2018 to review the fees scheme for 2019/20. CQC has also indicated that it will start to consider longer-term changes to the fees structure, and will set out its thinking later this year.