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United Kingdom Homecare Association
The professional association for homecare providers

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UKHCA Media Release

UKHCA's response to the local government provisional settlement - 21/12/2017

UKHCA Chief Executive Bridget Warr commented:

"It is well established that social care is under unbearable strain, primarily as a result of underfunding for people who are not in a position to pay for their own care.

"Any additional resourcing is therefore welcome, but the changes to local authority funding announced on Tuesday will do little to solve the crisis. Giving councils the power to raise council tax by an extra 1 per cent from April 2018 will still leave a huge funding gap, particularly in areas which raise less in local taxes. Some local authorities failed to raise the permitted extra money last year, so this additional opportunity is unlikely even to deliver the potential maximum amount.

"We desperately need a sustainable solution to funding the care people need, both now and in the future to remain independent and at home. We sincerely hope the much heralded Green Paper will give the Government the opportunity to make real changes. Papering over the cracks is not the answer."

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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. 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.

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. A High resolution royalty-free images of Bridget Warr quoted in this release is available www.ukhca.co.uk/images/highres/bridgetwarr1.jpg

6. 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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