With the National Minimum Wage increase on Wednesday 1st October 2014. United Kingdom Home care Association Ltd (UKHCA) publishes Version 2.0 of their Minimum Price for Home care, which relates to the minimum price that they believe home care providers should receive from local-authorities and the NHS in order for providers to comply with the National Minimum Wage, and all other legal obligations and running a sustainable service.

This briefing provides all the assumptions used to reach an all-inclusive minimum price of £15.74/hour, and is available from www.ukhca.co.uk/downloads.aspx?ID=434. In addition to the increases in National Minimum Wage, the revised price has used an improved method of calculating allowances for workers’ statutory holiday pay.

Details of the new National Minimum Wage can be found at www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates. UKHCA publishes a National Minimum Wage Toolkit to help UKHCA‘s member organisations interpret the National Minimum Wage Regulations for the complex rostering patterns frequently necessary in home care services, and offers suggestions on how employers can check their compliance with the Minimum Wage. The Toolkit is available from www.ukhca.co.uk/downloads.aspx?ID=422.

UKHCA encourages all councils and statutory sector purchasers to compare the rates they pay for home care services against UKHCA‘s minimum price and enter into open and transparent costing exercises with their local providers. UKHCA‘s Costing Model is also available to assist calculating the actual cost of care in a local area and is available from www.ukhca.co.uk/CostingModel. UKHCA recommends that home care providers to bring UKHCA‘s Minimum Price for Home care to the attention of their local authority and clinical commissioning groups as an item for formal discussion.

You can download UKHCA‘s Minimum Price for Homecare here.