16th Sep 2016
New report paints doomsday scenario for care
Today’s Kings Fund /Nuffield Trust report, Social Care for Older People, paints a bleak picture of the future of the sector, highlighting reductions in how much local authorities pay care homes, meaning some care providers are on the brink of collapse, which would leave vulnerable people at risk.
31st Aug 2016
As the Brexit Plan Emerges we must get the Fundamentals Right
It would be fair to say that the past two weeks have been the most bizarre in political history in my lifetime
20th Jul 2016
40% increase for Funded Nursing Care (FNC), backdated to 1st April
PRESS RELEASE – 19/07/2016
14th Jul 2016
Mind the (investment) gap
Investment in Social Care is an investment for our Future
14th Jul 2016
Award winning Blackpool care home receives ‘outstanding’ CQC report.
The management of a Blackpool care home is proud to declare that it has just received an ‘outstanding’ Care Quality Commission (CQC) report after an inspection that was carried out in late March of this year.
11th April 2020
PRESS RELEASE: Call to remove VAT from social care essential items
National Care Association is becoming increasingly concerned about the fragility of the social care sector as providers struggle to support some of the most vulnerable members of our society. In an effort to keep the people we care for safe and well we are reliant on the incredible dedication and commitment of our workforce.
We welcome the recent focus on the challenges faced by the sector with access to PPE being one of the most frequently raised issue. We are therefore, today calling on the Chancellor of the Exchequer to make additional provisions available for Social Care. The financial packages announced thus far will do little to support the financial stability of the sector which needs to remain sustainable and fit for the future. National Care Association is now calling for immediate support for care providers to ensure they can continue to deliver the care needed.
Nadra Ahmed OBE, Executive Chairman of National Care Association said:
The Treasury must remove VAT from all essential items used in social care services immediately, which includes PPE: it should be noted that he did this very early on for the NHS. This is equipment which is being sold at inflated prices to care providers who have no choice but to pay over 400% more for items when they can get them; clearly the financial impact of the spend on these item will affect cashflow for providers. This is an unsustainable position to put providers in and can be remedied today should the Chancellor will it. Additionally, the Chancellor must consider removing VAT on the sector completely. We can see from the response by the sector to this pandemic that we are an essential service for some of the frailest and most vulnerable members of our society so taxing us for a public service is not acceptable.
We have to keep our amazing staff and the people we care for safe and well and in order to this we must have parity with colleagues doing the same job."