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While fees paid last year saw a small uplift (though still failing to match inflation) which provided some respite to operators, this year"s findings signal a continuation into a fifth year of a dangerous trend which has seen these fee rates fall significantly in real terms in each successive year since 2010/11.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has drafted guidance on how the 46,000 health and adult social care providers and services that it regulates across England can meet the government's new regulations on care and what actions it will take when they fail.
Care Minister Norman Lamb fears "exploitation" of vulnerable older people over care home top-up fees.
The sentences given to three former care home workers who mistreated a resident will not be increased, the attorney general's office has said.
A three-year legal battle over how much a council should pay to care homes could be settled with an £8m payment.