Thinktanks: Covid-19 shows need for change

Thinktanks spanning the political divide have urged the UK government to introduce far- reaching reforms to the social care sector in the aftermath of the Covid-19 crisis. The centre-right Policy Exchange in its Ending The Dividereport called for the government to remove the funding barrier between the NHS and social care by introducing new tax measures to increase the provision of free care. “Like the NHS it should introduce new

measures in the tax system to fund it largely free at the point of use for those older and working age people who require long-term chronic care,” wrote author and Policy Exchange social care lead Richard Sloggett. Policy Exchange also called for a

Conservative commitment to a cross-party consensus on social care and pledge that ‘nobody needing care should be forced to sell their home to pay for it’ should be strengthened. The left-leaning Institute for Public Policy

Research in its Care Fit For Carersreport meanwhile urged government to introduce five ‘core guarantees’ for the workforce: safety, accommodation, mental health, pay and care.

The safety guarantee would ensure workers

have enough PPE and testing in place throughout the crisis, while the pay guarantee would see all staff paid at least £9.30 per hour outside London and £10.75 within London. The IPPR also called for experienced care

worker pay to be benchmarked against NHS banding to reduce the high turnover rate in the sector.

Brunel University’s Emeritus Professor of

Social Policy Peter Beresford meanwhile told The Care Home Environmentthat the pandemic is likely to spur politicians into find new solutions for tackling social care. “I believe that solution will only come when we base social care on the same enduring principles as the NHS - a service free at the point of delivery paid for out of general taxation. It will save money, not cost more.” Beresford said the first course of

government action to reform social care should be to improve data collection to provide an evidence base for change. “My immediate suggestion for social care is

we make a requirement that unmet need is logged,” he added.

Cinnamon lodges major plans for Scottish care village

Care provider Cinnamon has lodged a planning application with East Lothian Council to build the Inveresk Care Village near Musselburgh in Scotland. The development consists of 59 care

bedrooms, 47 care suites and 124 care apartments with associated communal facilities and landscaped gardens. The plans include a restaurant, bar,

gym, exercise studio, craft rooms, shop, spa, training room, cinema, library and meeting room. Developer said the local community would be able to make use of the facilities. The spa will offer an external age-

restricted membership, while the restaurant, shop and cafe bar will be open to non-residents, it added. The proposal includes 204 car parking spaces with a new access road. A shuttle bus will be provided on site to ensure access to Musselburgh. Cinnamon expects the facility, which accommodate around 311 people, to create 131 full time equivalent jobs. The site is located within Inveresk

Conservation Area, is partially covered by a Scheduled Ancient Monument (Roman fort) and has various neighbouring Listed Building including the Category A Listed St Michael’s Church.

Lucky 13 for Impact as provider adds care homes in combined £61.1m deal Holmes Care Group will continue to

Impact Healthcare REIT has added 13 care homes to its portfolio via three separate deals involving Holmes Care Group, Victorguard Care and Prestige Group worth a combined £61.1m. The acquisitions include a £47.5m sales and leaseback deal with Holmes Care for nine homes in Scotland. The nine homes involved in the agreement

represent 649 beds. Two homes are located in the Drumchapel area of Glasgow with the remaining seven located across Aberdeen, Wishaw, Banknock in Stirlingshire, Renfrew, Greenock, Armadale in West Lothian and Stevenston in Ayrshire.

operate all of the homes as before. “We are very pleased to have concluded this deal, which will allow us to continuously invest in our homes across Scotland whilst maintaining our proud tradition as a family-run business,” said Holmes Care managing director Sharifa Lakhani. “This long-term arrangement will see us

continue to operate all of the homes, and is great news for residents, their families and our team,” she added. Impact Healthcare REIT meanwhile has acquired a trio of homes in Bradford from

May 2020 •

Victorguard Care for £7.5m. The homes consist of a total of 182 en-suite

bedrooms and will be operated by Silverline Care. Impact Healthcare REIT has committed of

£300,000 of capital expenditure in the Bradford trio, the company said in a statement. The third deal is an agreement to forward

fund construction of a 94-bed care home in Hartlepool.

The home will be built by a subsidiary of

Prestige Group for a fixed price of £6.1m. The acquisitions bring Impact Healthcare REIT’s total portfolio to 99 care homes.


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