The dedicated social care team at law firm Royds Withy King outlines five key challenges facing the sector in 2020.
The Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) has stated that chronic underfunding and a dysfunctional system is leading to a “growing workforce crisis” in England’s social care sector.
The IPPR report estimates a 400,000 staff shortage in England’s social care workforce by 2028, due in large part to the impact of Brexit.
The report has urged the UK Government to follow Scotland’s example by committing to a Real Living Wage for all adult social care staff – attracting more personnel into the sector.
The report, Fair Care: A Workforce Strategy for Social Care, also notes that a recent survey conducted by Unison found 94% of care staff believed England should take note of the example set by Scotland and introduce an official professional register for care workers, helping to improve regulation and boost training opportunities for staff.
Source: Report warns of ‘growing workforce crisis’ in England’s social care sector : Welfare Weekly