Health Secretary asked to focus on social care as funding shortage is estimated at Â£892m
- 20 Sep
Bupa Care Homes, has called upon the newly appointed Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to focus on social care funding as his key challenge, after a recent report estimated the total funding shortfall in England to stand at a staggering £892m.
UK director Oliver Thomas warns about the risk of allowing the current situation to continue, having recorded below-inflation care home fees for the fourth year in a row, despite an ageing population.
"Central Government budget cuts means many councils can't afford to pay a sufficient weekly fee to operators to care for some of the most frail and elderly people in our society. Some providers simply will not be able to deliver the quality of care that we should all be able to expect.
Fixing social care should be top of Jeremy Hunt's in-tray. The Government must recognise the urgency of the funding shortfall and allocate money to help councils pay the true cost of care now. The sector can't wait for the next Spending Review, which could be up to two years away, for politicians to make a decision on funding.
Ultimately, if there is not adequate investment in the sector over the long term, we will see more care homes forced to close or focus on serving the self pay market to the detriment of provision in the state sector. Inadequate investment will mean even fewer places available to local authority funded residents which would leave very dependent people isolated in their own homes or placing undue pressure on the NHS."
The Bupa report ‘Bridging the Gap' highlights the issues care homes face in securing local authority funds, recording that baseline fee rates paid by local councils increased by just 0.3% during the financial year 2011/12, while care home cost increases were estimated at 2.8%.
These figures represent a widening of the funding gap when compared with costs from 2010/11, when council fee rates went up by 0.7% with care home costs increasing by 2.1%. In conclusion the report estimates that a total £1.78bn increase from the Treasury is required over the period 2013/16, in order to allow local authorities to support sustainable care homes and reward quality care with higher rates, and suggests that Central Government demand a yearly fee rise of between 5 and 8% each year from councils to protect any extra funding provided.
Source: Care Home.co.uk
- 10 Mar
THE STATUS OF THE SOCIAL CARE SECTOR REQUIRES IMPROVEMENTs
It was also found that the social care sector has the following characteristics:Social care seems like an adjunct to the NHS instead of being an important service in its own right.Â While the...
- 29 Apr
Scottish Welfare Fund grants see a 13% rise in applications
Data from the Scottish Government has shown that the number of applications to councils under the Scottish Welfare Fund has increased by 13% in just the last year, reports The Courier.Over the most...
- 16 Jan
Local welfare assistance funds held back by councils
The Centre for Responsible Credit using Freedom of Information requests carried out a study which found that 127 local authorities spent 52.8% of their Â£148.5m sharing of the local welfare...
- 13 Jan
Landlord scheme has saved the NHS thousands of pounds
The groups - Oldham Council, Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Oldham Housing Investment Partnership - consist of 10 social landlords who co-invested in the â€˜Warm Homes Oldham'...
- 05 Jan
Calls for NHS funding
Stevens also called for an end to the â€˜boom-bust' approach.Â Stevens told the Financial Times he hoped for more annual funding in addition to the Â£2bn lifeline that the Chancellor, George Osborne,...
- 30 Dec
New Fundraising Campaign Launched by Hospital Charity
The campaign encourages its supporters to partake in its â€˜Every Â£1 Counts' fundraiser by making a donation and sharing a â€˜pound selfie' on Facebook and Twitter throughout January.The charity are...
- 08 Dec
Home care sector facing crisis due to workersâ€™ wages
A study by contractor Mears and the Local Government Information Unit have reported that councils should ensure they pay providers to enable them to pay â€˜at least' minimum wage salaries.Liberal...
- 06 Oct
Supported housing service for women and their children has received funding for community garden
Endeavour Housing Associaiton's Rainham House temporary accommodation service has been awarded funding for their Roots and Shoots garden project. Working in partnership with community allotment...
- 03 Oct
Social landlords urged to make do without grants
Speaking toÂ Inside HousingÂ at the Conservative Party conference this week, Mr Lewis said: "If housing associations want to survive without government funding, that's a good thing."He said it would...
- 02 Oct
Supporting People budget cut by £10m by the Welsh government
A draft budget shows the government announcing plans to cut the budget for Supporting People from Â£134.4m in 2014/15 to Â£124.4m in 2015/16 which is a drop of 7.4%, reports Inside Housing.Despite...
How to Fund Housing Support and Social Care Services Good clear delivery of some complicated information. Jaqui Smith - Young Womens Housing Project