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Two in five services culled offer during 2023, new report finds

Over two in five services closed or handed back contracts in 2023, due to unsustainable financial and workforce pressures, according to new research.

The 2023 Sector Pulse Check report from learning disability charity Hft and Care England concludes that the £7.5bn funding boost in the 2022 Autumn Statement has not addressed funding challenges in the sector.
 
According to the report, two in five adult social care providers were loss-making in 2023, due to cost pressures such as energy cost rises of up to 350 per cent and increases in the National Living Wage.

As well as closing services:  

  • 18 per cent of providers offered care to fewer people
  • 39 per cent considered exiting the market altogether
  • 44 per cent of organisations had to turn down admissions due to a lack of staff.

Hft and Care England call on the government to implement immediate measures to support the care sector – including improving commissioning practice, revising VAT arrangements and removing barriers to ethical international recruitment.
 
Hft chief executive Steve Veevers said:  The upcoming general election provides the new government with a perfect opportunity to address what is a key challenge for today’s society but one which nobody seems to be taking seriously enough.”
 
Chief Executive of Care England Professor Martin Green said: “Our long-term vision remains one of a sustainable sector that is financially viable and an attractive destination for staff.”

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