Our information for social care providers includes our market position statement, market sustainability plan and cost of care plan.

Market position statement

We have a responsibility under The Care Act 2014 to develop a Market Position Statement.

This document sets out our vision as well as information about current demand, forecast and planned approach for meeting the demand for adult care and support.

It will be updated every few months and was last updated in March 2023.

It is aimed at both current and prospective health and social care providers in the South Gloucestershire area.

Market sustainability plan

We have worked with care providers to develop our Market Sustainability Plan. This can read in conjunction with the market position statement.

Why this sustainability plan is important

From October 2025 more people who pay for their own care in care homes can ask us to arrange care on their behalf to get better value.

They will do this with section 18(3) of the Care Act 2014. People in domiciliary care can already ask us. This will help to address the difference in fees charged to some people who self-fund.

Our support

Providers who rely on subsidising state funded care with fees from people who self-fund may be affected by this change.

We will make sure that there is a sustainable and affordable market for all to access.

Our current analysis is that a sector of the local market will want to continue to offer higher-priced services to self-funding clients, and some of our residents will continue to want to purchase those services directly.

Cost of care exercise

The government announced plans in September 2021 to give funding for local authorities to pay providers a rate of care.

This was followed by:

As part of the government’s adult social care reform agenda we completed a cost of care exercise.

We commissioned C-CO and worked with providers and Care and Support West to collect information from care providers in South Gloucestershire.

This data has been analysed by C-CO to help us understand the costs of providing care. The cost and the price are not necessarily the same thing.

Using this work we are having further discussions with care providers and undertaking further analysis to:

  • understand what a cost of care is
  • find out what we need to do to ensure long term mutual sustainability
  • make sure adults receiving care and support get the best possible outcomes

Cost of care exercise reports

Following an analysis of the information collected, the results are available in the following reports:

If you need these reports in a more accessible format email providerinfo@southglos.gov.uk.

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