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United Kingdom Homecare Association
The professional association for homecare providers

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UKHCA Media Release

UKHCA response to the EU referendum - 24/06/2016

Following the declaration of the UK's referendum on exit from the European Union (24 June 2016), Mike Padgham, Chair of the United Kingdom Homecare Association said:

"No matter how people voted in the referendum, it is crucial that we work together to shape the future of a nation which moves forward in a positive and constructive way.

"For those of us engaged in social care, the wellbeing of older and disabled people will be paramount, along with an economy which enables independent and voluntary sector businesses to flourish.

"Following yesterday's vote, the legal position in the UK has not immediately changed. Laws which stem from the European Union, including human rights law and significant parts of employment legislation, will remain in force, unless the UK Government makes alternative provision.

"The ability of the social care sector to recruit and retain an effective workforce is of particular concern. The contribution of every care worker matters and the ability for employers to recruit non-British EU citizens as part of the social care workforce, will be particularly important for many homecare providers. It is an issue over which UKHCA will be fully engaged.

"It is essential that properly resourced social care and health services are not side-lined in Government's plans for transition from the EU in the coming two years. UKHCA will continue to make the strongest case for people who use and provide homecare services."

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Notes for Editors

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. For further information please contact:

Colin Angel, Policy and Campaigns Director
United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd
Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH

Telephone: 020 8661 8188
Mobile: 07920 788993
E-mail: media@ukhca.co.uk
Website: www.ukhca.co.uk

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