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United Kingdom Homecare Association
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UKHCA Media Release

Care Funding - Short term solution not enough - 15/12/2016

Speaking after the announcement of Government’s proposals for increasing council tax-raising powers for social care services in England, UKHCA’s Policy Director, Colin Angel, said:

“Government’s announcement is welcome to the extent that it acknowledges the immediate pressures on the social care system consistently identified by commissioners and providers of care, sector experts and NHS leaders.

“However, increasing the Council Tax Precept on a temporary basis is not sufficient. The Precept tends to raise the least money where it is most needed and is likely to leave councils with the greatest need the least benefit. It is also a regressive tax, which hits the poorest hardest.

“Regrettably, many local authorities have a poor track record of ensuring that funding reaches their front-line care services. There appears to be minimal safeguards in place to ensure that tax raised from the Precept is actually spent in ways which will effectively reduce instability of the state-funded care market. This is a matter which Government should investigate thoroughly to ensure public money is spent wisely.

“An effective solution to the funding of adult social care services remains pressing and must be addressed by Government in a way which will provide safe, effective care services for an ageing population.”

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Notes for Editors

1. The House of Commons statement by Rt Hon Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, is available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/dedicated-adult-social-care-funding-forms-key-part-of-continued-long-term-funding-certainty-for-councils Hansard report: https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2016-12-15/debates/B374F8AC-A29F-4ABA-8083-44AEA90A299F/LocalGovernmentFinanceSettlement

2. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,000 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

3. As a member-led professional association, UKHCA’s mission is to promote high quality, sustainable care services so that people can continue to live at home and in their local community.

4. A high resolution royalty-free image is available of Colin Angel, Policy and Campaigns Director, quoted above:
www.ukhca.co.uk/images/highres/angel_colin_20140701_079.jpg

5. Interviewees from UKHCA for broadcast media are available on request.

6. For further information please contact:

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

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