Major reform of social care funding and provision needed

The Communities and Local Government Committee report says that the Government needs to urgently review how social care is funded in the long term and address serious threats to social care provision.

 Key facts

 ·         Fewer than one in twelve Directors of Adult Social Care are fully confident that their local authority will be able to meet its statutory duties in 2017–18

·         28% of care services are inadequate or require improvement

·         Some councils pay £2.24 an hour for residential care

·         96% of people paying for their own care pay on average 43% more than state funded residents in the same home for the same room and the same level of care

·         The turnover rate for nurses working in social care is 35.9%

·         47.8% of care workers leave within a year of starting

·         The median hourly pay for a care worker is £7.40

·         160,000 to 220,000 care workers in England are paid below the national minimum wage

·         49% of home care workers are on zero hour contracts, compared with 2.9% of the workforce nationally

·         27% of care workers received no dementia training and 24% of those who administer medication were not trained to do so

·         Between 2010–11 and 2013–14, the number of unpaid carers increased by 16.5%, while the general population grew by 6.2%

·         In Leicester, although 30,000 people identified themselves as a carer in the 2011 Census, only 2,200 carers were in contact with the council

·         One in five unpaid carers providing 50 hours or more of care each week receives no practical support from the local authority

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