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UKHCA Media Release

Budget 2021 - Response by United Kingdom Homecare Association - 03/03/2021

"An announcement with nothing specific to offer to social care", summarises the United Kingdom Homecare Association's response to the Chancellor's Spring Budget today, 3 March 2021.

Recognising the Chancellor's statement that the coronavirus pandemic has 'fundamentally altered' people's lives, the announcement that the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme ('furlough') will be extended until September is welcomed. This is because a small proportion of the homecare workforce will be supported if their personal health or circumstances temporarily prevent them from working in front-line social care.

However, UKHCA's Policy Director, Colin Angel, said:

"This Budget offered no indication about the long-term solution to the funding of adult social care, despite this having been a commitment made by the Prime Minister on his first day in office.

"Local councils, which purchase the majority of homecare in England, will continue to remain underfunded and expect their care budget short-falls to be met by independent and voluntary sector providers and the public. Councils are increasingly likely to adopt inappropriate commissioning practices, including buying care by the minute at unsustainable rates which do not meet providers' costs and do nothing to improve the terms and conditions available to the social care workforce."

UKHCA continues to call on Government to bring forward the long-awaited reform of adult social care, building on the recent White Paper 'Integration and innovation: working together to improve health and social care for all'. For the aspirations in the White Paper to be realised, there needs to be a strong and sustainable social care sector, operating collaboratively with health, housing and the voluntary sector. Although the White Paper signals an improved level of accountability for councils and the NHS and a new assurance framework allowing greater oversight of local authority arrangements for social care, it does not in itself provide a vision for, or solve long term funding in, the sector.

Angel concluded:

"This Budget therefore represents another delay in providing a social care system fit for the future."

Ends.

Note for Editors

For further information please contact:

Colin Angel, Policy Director
United Kingdom Homecare Association Ltd
Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH
Telephone: 020 8661 8188
Mobile: 07393 012113
E-mail: media@ukhca.co.uk
Website: www.ukhca.co.uk
Twitter: @ukhca

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