Fees and frequency of inspection regulations 2020 to 21

Closed 11 Feb 2020

Opened 14 Jan 2020

Results expected 18 Feb 2020

Feedback updated 4 Jun 2020

We asked

Do you agree with the proposed 10% increases to fees for 2020-21, and how will that affect you as a provider?

You said

The fees should not be increased because doing so will put additional pressure on the budgets of providers.

We did

The majority of providers are a long way from paying the full cost of the inspection and regulatory activity undertaken by Ofsted, which means that the taxpayer continues to subsidise the regulation of the majority of children’s social care providers. However, due to additional pressures on the sector caused by Covid-19, we have since decided to waive the collection of the uplift in fees for the financial year 2020-21.


The aim of this consultation is to seek views of key stakeholders on proposed changes to the Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Education, Children's Services and Skills (Fees and Frequency of Inspections) (Children's Homes etc) Regulations 2015.

Why your views matter

This consultation seeks views of interested parties on proposed changes to Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills (Fees and Frequency of Inspections) (Children’s Homes etc.) Regulations 2015, which relate to Ofsted’s role and responsibilities under the Care Standards Act 2000 inspecting and regulating services that care for children and young people and services providing education and skills for all ages.

We seek views on 10% increase on current fees payable by children’s social care providers when not at full cost recovery.  Annexes A and B (annual fee and registration/variation fee) set out the proposed 2020/21 fees.

What happens next

The results of the consultation and the Department's response will be published on GOV.UK in Spring 2020.


  • Local authorities
  • Employers
  • Community representatives
  • Social workers
  • Unions and representative organisations
  • Government bodies and departments
  • Social workers
  • Team managers
  • Service managers
  • Principle social workers
  • Directors of children's services


  • Adoption
  • Fostering
  • Accommodation (Looked after children)
  • Friends and family care
  • Health and wellbeing (Looked after children)
  • Social care standards and guidance
  • Special guardianship
  • Preventing neglect, abuse and exploitation
  • Equality