Family Mosaic wins care payout
Family Mosaic and a north London council have reached an out of court settlement after a seven-year battle over a £108,290 care bill.
Family Mosaic claimed Haringey Council owed it money for increased staffing costs following extra demand for services caused by the closure of a day centre.
Papers released to Inside Housing this week revealed the 21,000-home housing association lodged a High Court claim in November to force the council to cough up.
The council has in the last month paid a sum of money to Family Mosaic.
The dispute centred on a care home for adults with learning disabilities operated by Family Mosaic in Basildon, Essex, and the council’s funding for the care of two residents who live there.
The residents both also attended a day centre until its closure in September 2005 meant they subsequently had to spend more time at the care home.
Family Mosaic said it had to take on an extra member of staff to look after the pair in the daytime. It requested a re-assessment of the needs of the pair and informed the council of the increased staffing costs in 2005 and 2006.
The council carried out an assessment of needs in January 2010 and increased payments from April 2010, but Family Mosaic argued the authority broke its contract by not carrying an assessment earlier and by failing to backdate the extra payments.
A Haringey Council spokesperson said: ‘The matter was settled out of court and we have nothing further to add.’