Fair Cost of Care

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One chance to influence future strategy. Let’s make the most of it.

Have you submitted your data yet?

Fair Cost of Care is a national exercise led by DHSC.

As part of the market review DHSC has asked Local Authorities to undertake a local ‘fair cost of care’ exercise and report the results so these can be reviewed centrally. In a guidance document for Local Authorities entitled “Market sustainability and fair cost of care fund 2022 to 2023: guidance”, published 24 March 2022 the DHSC outlined its expectations of Local Authorities.This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for care providers to provide evidence to Government about the gap between current funding levels and the cost of delivering care.

OACP is strongly supportive of this exercise and we will do as much as possible to enable you to engage and submit data.

Only care homes (residential and nursing for older people) and home care for people aged 18+ are eligible for this FCOC exercise.

Do it. For our sector. For the future.

Oxfordshire County Council has confirmed that “any data you provide will only be used for this exercise, to establish a fair cost of care in Oxfordshire. Records will be kept safe and will be destroyed upon completion of the process”.

There are separate routes for you to engage depending on your service.

Home Care

If home care providers want to submit anonymously, please email your home care data to [email protected]. We will act as the submitter on your behalf.

Care Homes

Further information

An email address has been provided for queries about the guidance and the exercise as a whole: [email protected]

Or you can email the Care Provider Alliance in confidence

Additional webinars and other support are being provided for you if you’re not sure about your next steps in engaging and submitting data to the national Fair Cost of Care exercise.

You can find the additional webinars in our Events listing

If you are still on the fence about whether to engage with the Fair Cost of Care exercise, Dr Jane Townson, CEO of the Homecare Association (HCA) and Professor Martin Green, CEO of Care England and Chair of the Care Provider Alliance (CPA), have produced a video highlighting the importance of completing the cost of care exercise. The video can be found here.

All of our local areas are using the national tools.

Laing Buisson is leading the data collection and should have been in touch with eligible services already.


  • 1 July: FCOC Oxfordshire launch
  • 24 July: data submission deadline
  • 31 August: data analysis – report first draft
  • Mid-September: final Laing Buisson report for County Council
  • 14 October – national deadline for submission of report to DHSC

We understand additional communications are coming from the Council together with a supporting webpage.

Any concerns you have can be relayed directly to Laing Buisson: [email protected] and one of the LB team will get back to you.

Or you can contact us using the Contact Us button on this website.

Some questions have been raised about data confidentiality and management.

  • The iESE portal for care home submissions has primary and secondary users; primary users can download data and every Council has to have a primary user. These users can see the data individually and in totality.
  • Once the data is analysed the totality of submissions (data downloaded from iESE and home care tool spreadsheets) will be passed to Oxfordshire County Council as they are deemed to own the data. The Council has a duty to keep data securely for a standard retention time-span – likely to be 7 years for financial information.
  • There are no non-disclosure agreements in place in Oxfordshire.

We have asked the Council to consider creating a benchmarking tool for providers and we will let you know if this happens.

And we have asked that a check of geography across districts and provider size be kept to ensure a proper spread of provider profiles.

We have also been asked by some home care providers whether it would be acceptable for OACP to act as a middle-agent for passing data to Laing Buisson – we are checking this out.

Please engage and submit your data

One chance to influence future strategy. Let’s make the most of it.