BBC investigation finds care firms ending local council contracts due to lack of funding

BBC investigation finds care firms are ending local council contracts due to lack of funding

The BBC has found a number of care firms cancelled their local council contracts over a funding shortage (Stock photo)

Monday, March 20, 2017

A BBC Panorama investigation has found a number of care firms have ended their contracts with 95 UK local councils over a lack of funding for social care. 

Several representatives from the firms explained how they felt they were unable to deliver services on the current amount of money provided, as they were unable to retain or recruit much-required staff. 

This follows the announcement made in Phillip Hammond's Budget of an extra £2bn to be added to the social care budget. 

Panoroma discovered this after a series of Freedom of Information requests to 212 councils around the United Kingdom. It found a total of 69 home care companies have closed since the start of 2017, with one in four at risk of going the same way. 

The Local Government Association have attributed this increase in the number of firm cancellations to "historic under-funding" coupled with an ageing population.

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