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Living wage plan will put providers in deep financial trouble, says West Midlands Care Association

Posted on July 28th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Living wage plan will put providers in deep financial trouble, says West Midlands Care Association

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Care home operators in the West Midlands say they face a bleak and uncertain future following living wage budget reforms announced by George Osborne. Debbie Le Quesne, chief executive of West Midlands Care Association (WMCA), which represents private sector care providers, warned the industry was at “breaking point.”

An impact survey by the association suggests any benefits found with reductions in Corporation tax – a fall to 19% in 2017 and 18% in 2020 – will not plug an ever-widening chasm between realistic operational costs and fees paid for care by local authorities. Under the Chancellor’s plans, workers aged over 25 will get a minimum of £7.20 an hour from April next year, rising to £9 by 2020. The Government says this will mean a direct pay rise for 2.5 million workers of an average of £5,000 by 2020.

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Social care will need extra funding to meeting Living Wage costs, says independent think tank

Posted on July 27th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Social care will need extra funding to meeting Living Wage costs, says independent think tank

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More than 700,000 care workers will benefit from the new ‘National Living Wage’ but social care will require extra funding to pay for it, says independent think-tank the Resolution Foundation.

The Foundation – which earlier this year called for and costed a plan to make social care a living wage sector – welcomes the new ‘premium’ minimum wage, which should make a big difference to low-paid care workers but says it will require significant new public investment in the social care sector, which has a very high proportion of low-paid staff and limited scope to absorb the higher wage costs through rising productivity.

Rising demand for care will also increase the pressure on staffing and wage costs. The analysis finds that the cost of meeting expected rises in the National Minimum Wage were already estimated to cost around a £1bn … Read More »


Law Commission consults on deprivation of liberty reform

Posted on July 24th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Law Commission consults on deprivation of liberty reform

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The Law Commission has launched a consultation paper on mental capacity and deprivation of liberty. The paper can be accessed at: http://www.lawcom.gov.uk/project/mental-capacity-and-deprivation-of-liberty/#related

The consultation paper reviews the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (the DoLS) in England and Wales. the Law Commission’s Tim Spencer-Lane said its goal was to replace the DoLS with a straightforward and accessible legal framework which provided appropriate safeguards for people who lacked capacity whose care or treatment was becoming restrictive.

“The provisional proposals in the consultation paper represent the Law Commission’s initial view about how the law should be reformed,” said Mr Spencer-Lane.

“We are undertaking a wide consultation process to gather as many different views and to gain as much information as possible within the consultation period. We welcome responses from all interested parties.”

The consultation period runs from until 2nd November. The Law Commission will then review … Read More »





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