Ninety-five UK councils have had home care contracts cancelled by private companies struggling to deliver services on the funding offered, an investigation has found.
As a result, a quarter of the UK’s 2,500 home care providers were at risk of insolvency, and almost 70 had closed down in the past three months, according to the BBC’s Panorama programme.
The agencies, which provide help for people living independently at home, also struggled to recruit and retain staff, it was reported.
One home care company – Cymorth Llaw in Bangor, Wales – was forced to hand back its contract with Conwy council because it felt unable to provide adequate care with the council’s funding offer of £15 an hour.
Ken Hogg, its co-director, told the programme: “We didn’t think we could do it for the money – it was as simple as that.”