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UKHCA Media Release

UKHCA responds to King's Fund's 'Social Care for older people' - Home truths report - 15/09/2016

The Kings's Fund published their report 'Social care for older people - Home truths' earlier today. The publication examines in depth the factors (including demands for services and shortages of staff) which are putting extreme pressure on the social care system.

Colin Angel, UKHCA Policy and Campaigns Director commented:

“The Kings Fund have produced a comprehensive overview of the pressures facing adults using social care services and the organisations which provide and commission them. What is striking, is the recognition from inside the sector of the scale of the problem for state-funded care, and the sense that Government has to take matters seriously."

Mike Padgham, UKHCA Chair added:

“The Kings Fund report released today is yet another wake up call to Government of the immediate need to address the critical underfunding of adult social care services. We welcome the report's calls for more sustainable reforms, but Government and councils must sit up, take notice and act on the funding pressures which are currently facing providers and the people who use their services right now. The forthcoming Autumn Statement is an opportunity that must not be missed.”

NOTES TO 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. The King's Fund report, 'Social care for older people- Home truths' was written by Richard Humphries, Ruth Thorlby, Holly Holder, Patrick Hall and Anna Charles.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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.

6. Regularly updated statistical information about homecare services in all four UK administrations is available from "An Overview of the UK Domiciliary Care Sector": www.ukhca.co.uk/downloads.aspx?ID=109

7. For further information please contact:

Michelle Gederon, Press Officer
United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd
Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH

Telephone: 020 8661 8165
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E-mail: media@ukhca.co.uk
Website: www.ukhca.co.uk

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