Equality and Human Rights Commission launches homecare inquiry
An inquiry into homecare for older people has been launched by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, with responses being sought from older people, their relatives, care agencies and public authorities.
Sally Greengross, Commissioner at the Equality and Human Rights Commission said that, against a backdrop of budget cuts and public sector reform, local authorities were playing an ever-decreasing role as direct providers or funders of care and support, with most older people receiving care from private and voluntary sector organisations or individuals.
“The complex web of provision has left older people and their families unclear whether and how their human rights will be protected,” said Ms Greengross. “Equally, we believe those providing, commissioning or regulating care are unclear of their legal responsibilities and how to discharge them.”
The Commission will investigate whether the curre