Fuel costs the biggest issue for homecare providers
A homecare sector conference has issued three warnings over the future of homecare. According to Mike Padgham, chair of the United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA), the issues are:
- Increased fuel prices;
- Costs of introducing the Independent Safeguarding Authority;
- Councils commissioning inadequate time for homecare.
At its conference in Leeds which drew more than 160 delegates, UKHCA members voiced their concern about the soaring cost of petrol and diesel and the potentially devastating impact this is having on the cost of providing care, and retaining the current workforce.
“It is clear from the conference, and a survey conducted during the day that fuel prices was the single biggest worry around the hall,” said Mr Padgham.
“Rising fuel prices are a hammer blow for staff and we have warned that carers will be lost from the sector if this continues. We came away from conference with a clear mandate to continue raising this issue with gover