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United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA), a professional body for homecare providers, has released the following comments in response to proposals to set the threshold for state-funded assistance for homecare services to £100,000, including housing equity, as contained in the Conservative Party election manifesto.

A proper definition of the balance of responsibility between the individual and the state for funding social care services is an issue

Source: UKHCA’s responds to the Tory party’s social care proposals | Care Industry News


Original post from Community Care

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Providers increasingly turning down or handing back care contracts to councils, finds United Kingdom Homecare Association survey

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Hundreds of home care providers will reduce the care they provide or shut up shop completely in the next year, a survey by the United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) has found.

The survey of 492 providers found less than half (38%) felt confident they would still be trading in a year’s time. A further 11% said they would ‘definitely’ or ‘probably’ have ceased trading by September 2016.

The low care fees paid by councils and a lack of funding for the recently-announced ‘national living wage’ policy were named as the two key factors placing a strain on providers.

The ‘national living wage’, a compulsory wage floor of £7.20 for workers aged 25 and over, will be introduced in April 2016. So far, the government has not announced extra funding for local authorities to help providers meet the additional costs. The survey found that of the providers trading directly with councils (288), 74% would look to cease or reduce their care supply as a result of the policy.

If these predictions were carried out, this would affect 50% of all people receiving care from these providers (including self-funders), according to the UKHCA.

These findings are likely to compound fears already raised by providers that unless the living wage is adequately funded, it will further threaten the viability of the home care market. Any additional funding for the policy will be announced as part of next month’s spending review, which will set government spending limits from 2016-20.

‘Extremely vulnerable’

The survey also found that in the past 12 months 93% of providers had seen a real-terms cut in the fees they received from councils to which they supplied care, despite 74% requesting a rate increase over the same period. A further 20% reported an actual reduction in price compared to the previous year.

There was also evidence of a small number of providers starting to hand back existing contracts for the supply of care. Of the providers trading with councils, 26% had handed back 1,807 people’s packages of care on the basis of insufficient price in the past 12 months and 71% had refused to take on new packages of care for the same reason.

Colin Angel, policy director at the UKHCA, said the low fees and lack of funding for the living wage placed the home care market in an extremely vulnerable position.

He added: “Rapid withdrawal from the home care sector will create an additional burden on under-funded councils, who should be prioritising care for people who reply on home-based care, not dealing with local market failure to which they themselves have contributed.”

The providers in the sample were from both the independent and voluntary sectors and delivered a total of 887,962 hours of care per week to 85,000 people in their own homes.   ………….’

 

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