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The Homecare Deficit Report, October 2016

The Homecare Deficit 2016

With national recognition of the importance of stable and effective homecare services, "The Homecare Deficit 2016", reveals the extent of under-funding for homecare services for older people across all four administrations of the United Kingdom and exposes the level of risk that councils place on a system intended to support older and disabled people, who should rightly expect their care needs to be properly supported.

The rates that so many councils are paying independent and voluntary homecare providers illustrate the root cause of instability of local homecare markets and the unacceptably low pay and conditions of the homecare workforce.

"The Homecare Deficit 2016" uses data obtained under freedom of information legislation during a sample week in April 2016, shortly after the new National Living Wage became into effect.

This new report provides average prices paid by individual councils, England's nine government regions and Wales, Scotland and by the Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland.

See "The Homecare Deficit 2016".

Front cover of UKHCA report: A Minimum Price for Homecare

A Minimum Price for Homecare

UKHCA's "Minimum Price for Homecare" establishes the starting price for sustainable homecare services which are fully compliant with the National Minimum Wage. The report explains the rationale for the pricing assumptions used.

When we examined the prices paid by councils and trusts reported in "The Homecare Deficit", we found just 20 councils paying an average at or above our current minimum price of £16.70 per hour.

See "A Minimum Price for Homecare" briefing.

Infographics from "The Homecare Deficit"

The following single-page infographics present findings from the full report. Click on a thumbail for a high-resolution image.


Infographic with main findings from the report
Infographic for the East Midlands Infographic for the East Midlands
Infographic for London Inforgraphic for North East
Infographic for North West Region Infographic for the South East
Infographic for the South West Infographic for West Midlands
Infographic for Yorkshire and Humber Infographic for Wales
Infographic for Scotland Infographic for Northern Ireland