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United Kingdom Homecare Association
The professional association for homecare providers

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UKHCA Media Release

Government must deliver on PM's social care promises - 13/12/2019

On his first day in office last July, the Prime Minister made a commitment to "fix the crisis" in state-funded social care, with a clear plan "to give every older person the dignity and security they deserve".

The General election result means that the UK now has a majority government and must deliver on the PM's promises for social care. This must be wider than simply focusing on older people or protecting housing assets to fund future care costs. It must also respect people's preferences to live well and independently at home, ensuring affordable and accessible services.

The new government is likely to complete the UK's exit from the European Union. This will need a migration system which ensures that social care and health employers are able to meet the needs of our ageing population. It will require the ability to recruit non-British nationals when the domestic workforce is unable to meet demand. Clarity on the UK's future migration policy is therefore an urgent priority.

UKHCA has called on the new government to deliver seven priorities on social care:

1. Make care and support at home an affordable and available option for everyone who needs it

2. Relieve pressure on the NHS by effective use of homecare

3. Recognise the contribution of homecare workers and develop and expand the workforce

4. Make it easier for people who are willing or able to fund their own care and support at home to plan and pay for services

5. Create a strong and resilient state-funded social care market

6. Ensure the public are protected through consistent social care regulation

7. Promote quality, innovation and best practice in homecare services

To read the manifesto which we published before the election, click here.

Notes for Editors

1. United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,050 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland. 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.

2. UKHCA's full manifesto can be found here: https://www.ukhca.co.uk/manifesto2019

For further information please contact:

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

Telephone: 020 8661 8165
Mobile: 07393 012 113
E-mail: media@ukhca.co.uk
Website: www.ukhca.co.uk

Registered in England, No. 3083104.

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