RECOMMENDATIONS to increase fees for those requiring care in Barnsley were approved by cabinet members.

The hike will mean the weekly cost for standard residential care will now be £652.82, rising from a baseline rate of £607.44.

In the meeting it was outlined that the rising cost of living has had significant impacts on the the care market, with further challenges by rising fuel costs.

Coun Wendy Cain, cabinet support member for public health and communities, said: “I want to give thanks to the care providers in helping to achieve the agreed proposal.

“It is a fundamental piece of work.”

Coun Chris Lamb also commented on the council’s decision to pay all care providers £1 above the national living wage under the council’s adult social care contracts.

He added: “It really demonstrates the ongoing commitment to make sure care work is attractive in Barnsley by increasing pay to organisations.”

Coun Jenny Platts, spokesperson for place health and adult social care, added there will be increases in fees in a number of care services aside from standard care such as respite, homecare and supported living.

“An uplift has been given out across the board - everyone is included.”