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United Kingdom Homecare Association
The professional association for homecare providers

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UKHCA Media Release

UKHCA responds to social care proposals announced in Queen's Speech - 21/06/2017

Today, within the Queen’s speech, the Government has outlined its long terms plans to address the social care crisis.

The Government has indicated that the consultation will set out options to improve the social care system and to put it on a more secure financial foundation, supporting individuals, families and communities.

Bridget Warr CBE, UKHCA’s Chief Executive said:

UKHCA welcomes the Government’s pledge to address the challenges of social care and bring forward proposals for consultations on the sector. This is vital and urgent.

“The UK needs plans to guarantee a long term sustainable solution to ensure people needing care are properly supported and homecare providers are able to continue delivering that care into the future.

“We must ensure that the consultation adds up to more than just words and results in real positive action.

“It is also vitally important that we do not let the consultation take focus away from the need to address the pressing issues of providing services today. We need the government to make sure that funding provided in the current financial year is adequate and reaches front-line services, where it can make a difference.”

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Notes for Editors

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

2. United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd (UKHCA) is the professional association of home care providers from the independent, voluntary, not-for-profit and statutory sectors. UKHCA helps organisations that provide social care (also known as domiciliary care or homecare), which may include nursing services, to people in their own homes, promoting high standards of care and providing representation with national and regional policy-makers and regulators. The Association represents over two-thousand members across the United Kingdom, in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

3. UKHCA has recently written an open letter to the Prime Minister from the homecare sector urging the Government to make social care a priority. http://www.ukhca.co.uk/pdfs/OpenLettertothePrimeMinisterfromUKHCAJune%202017.pdf

4. 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 536,000 service users, valued at £5.9 billion per annum.

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. A High resolution royalty-free images of xxx quoted in this release are available, as follows:
• Bridget Warr, Chief Executive:
www.ukhca.co.uk/images/highres/bridgetwarr1.jpg

8. For further information please contact:

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

Telephone: 020 8661 8188
Mobile: 07393012113
E-mail: media@ukhca.co.uk
Website: www.ukhca.co.uk

Registered in England, No. 3083104.

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