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Delay to cap on care costs is outrageous, says Anchor chief

Posted on July 30th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Delay to cap on care costs is outrageous, says Anchor chief

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Not-for-profit care home operator Anchor has reacted with dismay to the Department of Health’s announcement last week that the introduction of the £72,000 cap on what individuals and their families would have to pay for social care is to be delayed by five years.

Anchor chief executive Jane Ashcroft the charity hoped the lengthy delay was because the Government planned to urgently address how care is funded.

“This is a major issue for today’s older people as well as future generations,” said Ms Ashcroft.

“A delay of four years, until 2020, is outrageous and brings into question the future of care funding. Successive governments have failed to prioritise reform – despite the mounting crisis. This further delay suggests that social care reform is simply not a priority for government.”

A survey commissioned by Anchor has found that 71% of people aged over … Read More »


Living wage plan will put providers in deep financial trouble, says West Midlands Care Association

Posted on July 28th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Living wage plan will put providers in deep financial trouble, says West Midlands Care Association

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Care home operators in the West Midlands say they face a bleak and uncertain future following living wage budget reforms announced by George Osborne. Debbie Le Quesne, chief executive of West Midlands Care Association (WMCA), which represents private sector care providers, warned the industry was at “breaking point.”

An impact survey by the association suggests any benefits found with reductions in Corporation tax – a fall to 19% in 2017 and 18% in 2020 – will not plug an ever-widening chasm between realistic operational costs and fees paid for care by local authorities. Under the Chancellor’s plans, workers aged over 25 will get a minimum of £7.20 an hour from April next year, rising to £9 by 2020. The Government says this will mean a direct pay rise for 2.5 million workers of an average of £5,000 by 2020.

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Social care will need extra funding to meeting Living Wage costs, says independent think tank

Posted on July 27th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Social care will need extra funding to meeting Living Wage costs, says independent think tank

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More than 700,000 care workers will benefit from the new ‘National Living Wage’ but social care will require extra funding to pay for it, says independent think-tank the Resolution Foundation.

The Foundation – which earlier this year called for and costed a plan to make social care a living wage sector – welcomes the new ‘premium’ minimum wage, which should make a big difference to low-paid care workers but says it will require significant new public investment in the social care sector, which has a very high proportion of low-paid staff and limited scope to absorb the higher wage costs through rising productivity.

Rising demand for care will also increase the pressure on staffing and wage costs. The analysis finds that the cost of meeting expected rises in the National Minimum Wage were already estimated to cost around a £1bn … Read More »





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