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United Kingdom Homecare Association
The professional association for homecare providers

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UKHCA responds to inquiry into sustainability of council adult social care 24/06/2016

UKHCA has responded to the Communities and Local Government Committee's inquiry into the financial sustainability of local authority adult social care and the quality of care provided. The inquiry, which covered all adult social care provided or commissioned by councils, looked at the impact of the National Living Wage and the 2% council tax precept. UKHCA made the following points (full response): 

  • Despite recent efforts by Government to address the funding of adult social care, the sector is still severely underfunded and is unlikely to meet the needs of an increasingly aged population with increasingly complex needs.
  • Several factors, particularly the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) and additional responsibilities on local authorities following the introduction of the Care Act 2014, have placed considerable strain on local adult social care budgets. 
  • There is growing concern among independent and voluntary sector homecare providers about the stability of the domiciliary care market, evidenced by an increase in the number of councils experiencing providers exiting from contracts or individual packages of care. 
  • A reduction in the capacity or funding of homecare services will not be beneficial in the short or medium term.
  • UKHCA believes a better understanding of the sector and how it fits in new models of care will be beneficial to Government and society, enabling the principles of the Care Act to be fully effective.

 

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