UKHCA – The Homecare Deficit, 2016
A report on the funding of older people’s homecare across the United Kingdom
UKCHA’s second report analysing the average fees paid by councils in Great Britain and the Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland once again exposes the extent of the deficit in funding for homecare services for older people across the United Kingdom. The data demonstrates the level of risk that many councils place on a system intended to support elderly and disabled people, who should rightly expect their care needs to be properly supported by a workforce that is adequately rewarded.
UKHCA estimates that the size of the deficit of state-funded homecare in the UK is around £513 million in 2016-17. We believe that if this were invested in homecare services, it would not only make a significant contribution to stabilising the homecare sector, it would also reduce a proportion of the demand for increased spending on health services.