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A Minimum Price for Homecare - Version 4.0

UKHCA’s minimum price for homecare services of £17.19 per hour allows full compliance with the prevailing National Minimum Wage and the delivery of sustainable homecare services to local authorities and the NHS. It also provides equivalent calculations of costs for the (voluntary) Scottish and UK Living Wages and the London Living Wage.

UKHCA Policy Director, Colin Angel, said: "It is essential that a viable regulated homecare sector is available to support the care of older and disabled people who choose to remain at home. The prices councils pay for care must cover the costs of the workforce, including - as a minimum - full-compliance with statutory minimum wage levels and the costs of running a regulated care service. UKHCA’s Minimum Price for Homecare provides a thorough rationale for the costs of state-funded care and is highlighted in Government’s Care and Support Statutory Guidance (for England) as an approach which can be adopted by councils."

In response to feedback from stakeholders, this updated version provides a breakdown of the typical costs of running a homecare business, shown as a percentage mark-up of the direct costs. Our assumptions for the costs of employers’ National Insurance Contributions have also been revised.

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