The Homecare Association has responded to the latest Skills for Care State of the adult social care sector and workforce in England report 2021.
The headline figure for homecare is that between 2019/20 and 2020/21 jobs in domiciliary care increased by around 40,000 jobs (a 7.4% increase).
Dr Jane Townson, CEO of the Homecare Association, commented:
This key report from Skills for Care, demonstrates the value of homecare in society and its importance in helping to keep older and disabled people well at home, and allow them to flourish in our communities.
It is encouraging to see the increased number of people going into the homecare workforce, but despite this we are still experiencing the worst shortage of homecare workers we can remember.
Social care as a whole contributes over £50bn to the economy each year, it's imperative the Government invests in the workforce as a matter of priority. The Health and Social Care Levy doesn't go anywhere near far enough.
Supporting and investing in homecare helps to enhance wellbeing, increase healthy life expectancy, reduce pressure on the NHS and save money for the health and care system.
Notes for Editors
1. The Homecare Association (formerly UKHCA) is the professional association for more than 2,300 domiciliary care providers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
2. As a member-led professional association, the Homecare Association's purpose is to enable a strong, sustainable, innovative and person-led homecare sector to flourish. We represent and support our members so that people can live well and independently at home. Our members agree to abide by the Association's Code of Practice, which can be found at Code of Practice (homecareassociation.org.uk)
3. For further information please contact:
Homecare Association Ltd
Sutton Business Centre, Restmor Way, Wallington, SM6 7AH
Telephone: 020 8661 8165
Mobile: 07393 012 113