17 Dec 2020
by Michelle Dumont

UKHCA has published its new Minimum Price for Homecare - Version 8.0 - April 2021 to March 2022.

United Kingdom Homecare Association's Minimum Price for Homecare services of £21.43 per hour from April 2021 allows full compliance with the National Living Wage and the delivery of sustainable quality homecare services to local authorities and the NHS.

UKHCA is committed to using the best available data to support our calculations. Pricing assumptions in this latest version have been updated for the National Living Wage, and increased costs of certain items of personal protective equipment (PPE) and insurance premiums as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Equivalent calculations for the voluntary UK Living Wage, the Scottish Living Wage and the London Living Wage between November 2020 and October 2021 are also included.

UKHCA Policy Director, Colin Angel, said: "Councils and the NHS must recognise the true costs of homecare. Paying providers fees which in some cases barely cover the costs of the wage-bill continues to destabilise an already fragile state-funded market. Persistently underestimating providers’ business costs is taking a risk with the quality of services, the experience of the workforce, and providers’ ability to comply with the legal requirements placed on them."

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