Diversity is key, say sector leaders
By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON
Providers who rely largely on care fees paid by local authorities are going to find their margins pared back to the bone when public spending cuts begin to take effect in April.
While demand for social care is set to increase steadily over the next five years, the Government appears to be moving to a position of reducing its commitment to fund care provision. Diversification and developing services less reliant on the established local authority fee model would be key to the survival of many independent care providers. This was the clear message from three speakers at this year’s Care Agenda event held in late January.
Martin Green, chief executive of the English Community Care Association (ECCA) told an audience of care providers that the economic position was more dire than it had been for a generation.
“The major portion of cuts across social care have not really kicked in yet,” said Mr Green.