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UKHCA Media Release

UKHCA's response to Article 50 notification - 29/03/2017

Commenting on the UK Government submitting an Article 50 notification to leave the European Union today (Wednesday 29 March), Mike Padgham, Chair of United Kingdom Home Association, said:

“Today is the start of a major change process for the United Kingdom.

“The UK’s exit from the European Union will pose significant challenges for our social care and health system to ensure that we have a sufficient supply of suitable workers from the UK and abroad to provide care and support for older and disabled people.

“In the coming months we look to Government to negotiate appropriate criteria for non-graduate workers to enter the UK’s social care workforce, while avoiding expensive and lengthy administrative burdens for individuals and employers.

“The Non-British EEA nationals currently in our workforce urgently need clarity about their rights to remain within the United Kingdom to reduce the uncertainty that many have experienced.

UKHCA wishes to record the value that we place on the talented and experienced people who make up the diverse social care workforce, who are committed to providing the best care to people in their local communities.”


Notes for Editors

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

2. 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.

3. There are over 9,100 registered homecare providers across the UK, the majority of which (84%) are in the independent and voluntary sectors. We estimate that these organisations employ 527,000 homecare workers, who deliver over 6.29 million hours of care per week to around 673,000 service users, valued at £5.9 billion per annum.

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. 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: 07393 012 113

Registered in England, No. 3083104.

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