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United Kingdom Homecare Association
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UKHCA Media Release

CQC State of Care Report - 13/10/2016

Serious threats to the quality, safety and stability of England’s social care services are highlighted in the Care Quality Commission’s “State of Care” report, published today (note 2), adding to the body of evidence that state-funded care is already at risk from public spending cuts.

United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA), which represents the views of domiciliary care providers, believes that the scale of market exits reported by CQC is concrete proof of repeated warnings to Government by industry insiders.

Independent and voluntary sector providers are beginning to reject contracts with councils where the fees paid cannot support increasing wage bills and enable providers to deliver the quality of care that older and disabled people should be able to expect.

Providers being forced out of care means, that older and disabled people can be left without the home-based support they need to remain independent, and contributes to the increasing number of people left in hospital, despite being medically fit to return home.

UKHCA’s Chair, Mike Padgham, said:

“Government must now take notice of its own statutory regulator’s warning on the increasing instability of the social care market.

“Westminster has largely handed responsibility for adult social care to councils, without giving them sufficient tax-raising powers through the ‘Social Care Precept’ to cover the spending gap.

“The Care Act 2014 has enshrined appropriate responsibilities within England’s social care system, but there is little evidence of active stewardship from Government on how councils meet those responsibilities on the ground. CQC’s report highlights the risks for people who should be able to depend on good state-funded care.”

ENDS

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. CQC’s findings “The State of Health Care and Adult Social Care in England 2015/16” is published on Thursday 13 October 2016 and will be made available on-line at http://www.cqc.org.uk/content/state-of-care.

3. The Social Care Precept enables councils with social services responsibility to increase council tax by up to 2%, intended to be ring-fenced for adult social care.

4. 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 788 993
E-mail: media@ukhca.co.uk
Website: www.ukhca.co.uk

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