United Kingdom Home care Association (UKHCA) issued the below media release to members last week replying to the Government”s response to the Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry which included a proposal to develop statutory guidance to require councils to include payment of travel time as a contract condition for home care providers.

Mid Staffordshire NHS foundation trust

UKHCA welcomes the Government”s recognition that an important part of supporting older and disabled people in their own homes is dependent upon home care staff being given the time to meet their needs properly. Payment of the national minimum wage is essential but the full costs of providing care are often are overlooked by local councils when they set up home care contracts.

UKHCA Chair, Mike Padgham, said: “It is a positive move that councils should receive guidance on the legal obligations of the National Minimum Wage that their providers must meet. However, let us be clear: This is not just a matter of councils policing compliance. It requires online casino councils to recognise and pay the full costs of the homecare services they purchase. For government and councils to underfund care while wagging a finger at homecare providers will not improve compliance with the law, nor improve the conditions of the social care workforce, so urgently needed.”

See the full press release here.

HomeCareDirect totally agree with this release from UKHCA and have written many articles on our blog to this effect, we have also heard this feeling echoed by many people we have met and other providers, as well as local authorities themselves, we hope that this need for recognition is taking on board by all involved.

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