Care homes provide vital services for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. However research from the Care Quality Commission (CQC) reveals that 2% of care homes are currently rated as inadequate, with 19% of services requiring improvement. Data from the Competition & Markets Authority 2017 report into care homes reveals that the number of people aged 85 or over in England is set to more than double by 2039. With 433,000 people currently occupying care home places in the UK, significant challenges exist around the availability of beds, staffing levels and funding shortages, all requiring urgent action across the UK’s care home sector.
In response, the Government’s 2017 Spring Budget committed an extra £2bn for adult social care over the next three years. Further contributions were made through the Better Care Fund, which pooled a total of £5.9bn of additional funding during the 2016 – 17 period. Most recently, the Government has also announced plans to publish an examination of adult social care in a Green Paper consultation by summer of 2018. This will set out plans for how Government proposes to improve care, support older people and tackle the challenges associated with an ageing population.