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UKHCA Media Release

Rapid action must be taken to protect people who need homecare - 04/06/2015

Commenting on the ADASS Budget Survey 2015 report released today, Mike Padgham, Chair of United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA, the professional association for homecare providers), said:

“Further cuts this year of £1.1bn, on top of £4.6bn in cuts since 2010-11, will have a devastating effect on the care we are able to give. This is a truly alarming statistic and a frightening realisation of what UKHCA has been warning would happen for many, many years.”

Bridget Warr, UKHCA Chief Executive, continued:

"ADASS’s budget survey makes very worrying reading indeed. If local authorities genuinely find themselves forced to pay less for what they acknowledge is "vital homecare", this could have serious consequences, not least for people needing support to live at home.

“Choosing to cut homecare further would also mean disadvantaging those of their citizens who work so hard to deliver that support, by suppressing the potential to increase levels of pay in the sector. This cannot be right. We have shown that councils need to pay a minimum price of £15.74 per hour for homecare services, based on just National Minimum Wage rates for careworkers (and of course they deserve better pay), in order to enable providers to run a sustainable business. (See Notes 1 and 2).

“Local authorities cannot hide from the fact that threatening to find even more savings from limiting homecare will inevitably mean pain for people in vulnerable situations, and for the people who care for them, and it means more cost to them and to the NHS when people need more help further down the road.

"It is crucial that the Government takes rapid action to protect people needing homecare by allocating enough money to commissioning local authorities to enable them to meet the real costs of care for those who are unable to pay for themselves. It is not only the right thing for a civilised society to do, but it is also good economic planning. The NHS relies heavily on social care. Additional resources for the NHS will have limited impact if hospital beds continue to be taken by people who could - and would prefer to - be at home with proper support.

“If local authorities cannot pay the costs of good homecare, there is a real risk that in future there will not be enough providers left to deliver this much needed support."

Ends.

Notes for Editors

  1. "The Homecare Deficit: A report on the funding of older people's homecare across the United Kingdom" is available from www.ukhca.co.uk/downloads.aspx?ID=458.Angel, C (2014).
  2. "A Minimum Price For Homecare, Version 2.1" uses reasonable assumptions to calculate the price of a sustainable homecare service which complies with the 2014-15 National Minimum Wage, including careworkers' travel time and travel costs. See www.ukhca.co.uk/downloads.aspx?ID=434.
  3. ADASS Budget Survey 2015 report of a survey of local authorities in England with social services responsibilities: www.adass.org.uk/full-report-adass-budget-survey-2015/
  4. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,200 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
  5. UKHCA’s mission, as a member-led professional association, is to promote high quality, sustainable care services so that people can continue to live at home and in their local community. We do this by campaigning, and through leadership and support to social care providers.
  6. UKHCA has a vetting procedure for its members, all of whom agree to abide by the Association’s Code of Practice, which can be found at www.ukhca.co.uk/codeofpractice.aspx.
  7. UKHCA represents 33% of independent and voluntary sector providers in the UK, and estimates that its member organisations employ over 119,000 homecare workers, who deliver over 2.79 million hours of care per week to around 166,000 service users, valued at £1.62 billion per annum.
  8. Homecare encompasses provision of personal care, to people in their own homes. For many, homecare is the alternative of choice for people who would otherwise need to move into residential accommodation.
  9. The majority of homecare is funded by the state (usually by local council social services departments, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), or Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland). However, homecare services are largely delivered by independent and voluntary sector providers working under contracts with the statutory sector.
  10. Regularly updated statistical information about homecare services in all four UK administrations is available from "An Overview of the UK Domiciliary Care Sector" at www.ukhca.co.uk/downloads.aspx?id=109.
  11. Interviewees from UKHCA for broadcast media are available on request.
  12. For further information please contact:

United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd
Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH

Telephone: 020 8661 8188
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E-mail: media@ukhca.co.uk
Website: www.ukhca.co.uk

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