Government urged to give assurances about support for care sector
The UK Homecare Association (UKHCA) has said that extra money will need to be pumped into the home care sector to offset the costs of the National Living Wage.
The policy, which will see dramatic changes to the UK’s minimum wage legislation, was announced in the July Budget.
Under plans, the wage floor for over 25s will increase to £7.20 an hour next year and again to £9 by 2020.
In a letter to Mr Osborne, the UKHCA called for clear financial support from local authorities or central government, the industry
In fact, the organisation has suggested that an extra £750million will need to be put into the system – which supports more than half a million over 65s.
“Without urgent action from the Government and local councils to address the deficit in funding, continued supply of state-funded home care will become unviable,” says the letter.
Laura Gardiner, from the Resolution Foundation think tank, has also urged politicians to ensure that there is sufficient support for the care sector.
“It is important…that central government steps up and commits to providing this vital investment in social care, which will give a major boost to staff and improve the quality of care.”
A government spokesman said: “The overall costs of providing social care will be considered as part of the spending review later this year, and we are working with the care sector to understand how the changes will affect them.”
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