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21st August 2013

Merger of English care associations welcomed by CFW

The merger of the two largest groups representing social care providers in England has been welcomed by Care Forum Wales as a move which will strengthen the Five Nations group of bodies representing independent providers across the UK and Eire.

  • The English Community Care Association (ECCA) and the National Care Association (NCA) will be known as Care England from January 2014.

Mario Kreft said: "It’s a very positive development and it brings together the two leading voices in England. It also has a wider significance as it is very helpful in the context of the Five Nations group because of the more unified voice in England."

The Five Nations group is made up of representative bodies for independent providers in Wales, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Eire.

Mr Kreft, “Having a single voice is essentially what we felt was necessary when we set up Care Forum Wales in 1993. Now we have a very strong voice in each of the five nations."

The Five Nations group has been working on pan-UK care sector issues such as a recent campaign on VAT.

Mr Kreft added that the creation of Care England would also, "support the sector across the five nations, contributing a strong voice for social care and emphasising the importance of the workforce.

“Raising the bar in terms of training and workforce development is relevant to the social care sector in each of the five nations and is a great example where greater cooperation can lead to greater benefits.

“Importantly, Care England will [also] provide a place to go for politicians and decision-makers so they can work with the key people who represent the social care sector," added Mr Kreft.

ECCA chairwoman Jane Ashcroft and NCA chairwoman Nadra Ahmed said in a joint statement: “Our sector faces a period of considerable challenge which will require robust representation on behalf of our membership.

“For some time now our two organisations have been working together so it felt like the natural next step in our relationship.
“We believe that combining the two strong and respected organisations together will strengthen the voice of health and social care and give our membership a wider range of services.”

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