Mark Whitehead 21 June 2017

Councils urged to be 'open and transparent' over cost of care exercises

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Home care providers have written to prime minister Theresa May demanding changes to support their sector, including ensuring that councils’ ‘market-shaping obligations’ are enforced.

In an open letter, the United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHAC) says funding should meet the public’s expectations and ensure that money reaches front-line services.

It says the recent election campaign showed the importance of social care to the electorate but with a minority government there was a risk it was becoming ‘too hot to handle’.

It says councils’ market-shaping obligations under the Care Act 2014 in England should be enforced and the workforce should not be adversely affected by Brexit.

In a range of demands, the association says the government should:

  • Provide tax incentives to help people with their care costs
  • Require councils to conduct open and transparent cost of care exercises with their providers
  • Change the VAT rules so that care providers can reclaim their input tax increase the number of apprenticeship places
  • Provide an exemption from the immigration skills charge for nurses
  • Fund ‘vanguard sites’ to investigate new models of service delivery

UKHCA chair Mike Padgham said: ‘Social care was a pivotal issue during the election and had an impact on the outcome.

‘During this crucial period government must take a fresh look at big issues, and we urge them to make sure that social care is at the top.’

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