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Government's social care proposals not enough in the long term, says UKHCA - 04/09/2019

United Kingdom Homecare Association is calling on the Government for a firmer commitment to address social care issues in the UK following the Spending Review.

"Although the commitment of £1bn for adult and children's social care for councils in England is a step in the right direction by the Government, it does not go nearly far enough to address the stark reality that faces social care now and in the long term. Additionally, the extra £0.5bn mentioned that could be raised by the social care precept is far from certain", says UKHCA's CEO Jane Townson.

"Over 1.4m people are not getting the support they need, with demand rising all the time. The amount is some way short of what is needed to ensure people are suitably supported."

Over 4.1 million hours of state-funded homecare are purchased each week in the UK. This enables over 850,000 people to be supported to live at home independently each year. The size of the privately purchased homecare market is not known with certainty, but potentially represents a further 1.75 million hours and 364,000 people.

In a letter sent to the Department of Health and Social Care in anticipation of the Spending Review, UKHCA called on the Government to:

  • Address long term funding and publish a Social Care Green Paper in England.
  • Take actions which reduce cost pressures on UK social care providers, such as changing the VAT status of 'welfare services' from 'exempt' to 'zero-rated', to enable providers to recover their "input tax".
  • Invest in the workforce - ensuring the fees paid by local authorities to homecare providers who deliver state-funded care are sufficient to allow attractive rates of pay which will facilitate recruitment, retention and investment in skills training.

"UKHCA remains committed to working with Government to support a thriving social care system which supports those in receipt of state-funded care and those who fund their care from their private means" added Townson.


Notes for Editors

1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,200 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. We do this by campaigning, and through leadership and support to social care providers.

3. UKHCA's full letter submitted to the Department of Health and Social Care in anticipation of the Spending Review can be found here:

4. UKHCA has a vetting procedure for its members, all of whom agree to abide by the Association's Code of Practice, which can be found at

5. UKHCA represents 33% of independent and voluntary sector providers in the UK, and estimates that its member organisations employ over 119,000 homecare workers, who deliver over 2.79 million hours of care per week to around 166,000 service users, valued at £1.62 billion per annum.

6. 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.

7. The majority of homecare is funded by the state 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.

8. Regularly updated statistical information about homecare services in all four UK administrations is available from "An Overview of the UK Domiciliary Care Sector" at .

9. A high resolution, royalty-free photograph of Jane Townson is available from the UKHCA website at

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

11. For further information please contact:

Andrew Heffernen, Membership Director
United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd
Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH

Telephone: 020 8661 8160
Mobile: 07393012113

Registered in England, No. 3083104.

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