EXCLUSIVE: Care UK boss calls for long-term thinking in Autumn Statement

Mike Parish, Chief Executive of CARE UK.
Photo by Ian JonesMike Parish, Chief Executive of CARE UK. Photo by Ian Jones

Care UK CEO Mike Parish has called on the government to show that it has a long-term strategy for the care sector in its Autumn Statement.

Pressure is building on the government to provide greater support for the care sector in its spending statement on 23 November.

The Care UK chief executive (pictured) told Care Home Professional: “We need to see some evidence of a strategy, rather than a sticking plaster.

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“While there has been some recognition of the immediate budgetary pressures which face local authorities, we’ve seen few measures that would incentivise further investment in a care home sector which needs to build more new, modern facilities.

“A long term approach which ensures that local authority funded families, as well as self-funders, will continue to be able to access high quality care homes is overdue.”

Mr Parish is the latest care leader to call for additional support for the sector in the Autumn Statement (see EXCLUSIVE: Care leaders call for more money in Autumn Statement).

Reports by three charities and the Local Government Association, meanwhile, have highlighted that the sector faces a funding crisis.

 

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