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HCCI Pre-Budget 2021 Submission

Thursday 1st October 2020: Today, HCCI publishes it’s Pre-Budget 2021 Submission, Advancing Home First.  It was submitted to Government on Tuesday 22nd September.  The submission calls for Government to accept 15 recommendations, including:

  • A Government-led rapid Social Care Workforce Review to maximise carer recruitment and retention, including changes to the social benefits system so that carers are not penalised for increasing their working hours. Up to 800 new carers will be needed to provide the additional 4.7 million hours, while retaining the 10,000 already employed.
  • Wage protection for carers of Covid-19 positive or suspected clients. As these carers cannot work for other clients they are being penalised for work that entails increased risk.
  • Additional support is required to train and upskill new carers (potentially those unemployed due to the pandemic) so that they can be fast tracked into the system in a safe and controlled manner.
  • A targeted, rolling testing programme for the home care sector. HCCI has been calling for this since April. Right now, home care providers are having to alert potential close contacts themselves as the national system is too slow.
HCCI Pre-Budget Submission
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