BTG Advisory considers the multiple pressures facing the UK care sector. We analyse the current situation and discuss the measures being proposed to address these challenges.
The UK care sector budget of £43bn per year is currently facing an onslaught of pressures of a wide variety, such as demographics, an increasing demand for improved healthcare, and the economic and industry factors that are affecting the sector’s ability to meet current and future demand.
Former care minister Paul Burstow, who helped design the Government’s ongoing Care Act reforms, says that the 1.5 million people employed by the UK care sector will have to grow to 2.5 million by 2025. But this comes as the industry struggles with retention of workforce, profitability and quality of care.
It also comes as the Care Act 2014, parts of which were rolled out in April last year and parts of which are deferred to 2020, will change the way residential care is funded, placing further financial pressures on squeezed local authorities. The most notable change is the cap on care costs, after which the council must fund care in its entirety; however, this will not come into force until 2020.
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