United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) has today published for the first time an estimated minimum price for home care services of £15.19 per hour.  UKHCA believes this minimum figure allows full compliance with the prevailing National Minimum Wage and the delivery of sustainable home care services to local authorities.

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The minimum price of an hour of home care is a vital question for local and central government, statutory regulators, trades unions and the public. UKHCA“s Policy Director, Colin Angel said “It is essential that a viable regulated home care sector is available to support the care of older and disabled people who choose to remain at home. To this end, the price paid for care must cover the costs of the workforce, including – as a A change is gonna come… and if you are a renter, it could be great news for your credit card companies report. minimum – full compliance with the prevailing National Minimum Wage, including the time spent travelling between service users’ homes.”

UKHCA“s minimum price is valid until the National Minimum Wage increases on 1st October 2014. UKHCA“s Briefing “A Minimum Price For Home care” is available to download from their resources section on their website here.

UKHCA anticipate considerable media interest in this figure today. BBC Radio 4″s File on Four programme at 8pm is likely to quote from our findings in its report on whether the old and vulnerable are paying the price of cuts in home care. The BBC TV Breakfast programme and BBC News Channel may also feature this issue in their coverage.

All of us that work in the home care sector know that funding constraints are a daily concern for local authorities, commissioners and people who use services.  Realistic prices for home care services such as this £15.19 per hour are a move towards being able to pay personal assistants a reasonable wage as well as providing professionally managed quality services to full CQC standards.  Here at HomeCareDirect we hope that local authorities and commissioners recognise these recommendations from UKHCA.

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