Councils Don’t Pay Enough For Home Care Finds BBC Investigation

4 Feb

Same Difference

Most councils in England are paying less than the industry recommended minimum for personal home care, a BBC investigation suggests.

The UK Homecare Association (UKHCA), which represents providers, want them to be paid a minimum of £15.19 an hour, to cover wages, training and travel.

But data obtained under the Freedom of Information Act found the minimum paid met that in just four out of 101 cases.

One provider said quality care was not possible at the levels being paid.

Cutting corners

Trevor Brocklebank, chief executive of Home Instead Senior Care in Salford, refuses to bid for council contracts.

He said: “It’s impossible to deliver quality care for the hourly rate that’s been offered. You have to cut too many corners, cram too may calls and that’s not acceptable.”

The investigation, by BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 programme, found the average minimum rate paid by councils was £12.26 an…

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