Social Care Workforce

Part of Health and Social Care – in the House of Commons at on 11 July 2023.

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Photo of Helen Whately Helen Whately Minister of State (Department of Health and Social Care)

My right hon. Friend is right. We have some good news: Skills for Care data shows that home care job vacancies are falling—something I hear when I speak to home care providers. Looking ahead to next winter, I want every local authority to have enough home care on hand. That is why I emphasised the importance of home care when we distributed £600 million of discharge funding to local councils and NHS organisations in April. We are asking all local authorities to plan ahead and book enough home care in advance for this coming winter.