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Providers say they will take fewer publicly-funded placements as staff costs continue to climb

Posted on July 27th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Providers say they will take fewer publicly-funded placements as staff costs continue to climb

Provider representative body Care England has published results of its survey on pay, and says the finding affirm the fragility of the system owing to

inadequate and unsustainable fees from local authorities.

Care England chief executive Professor Martin Green said the survey made it clear that providers were expecting higher staffing costs and falling profits whilst demand continued to increase.

“In order to manage this, providers are anticipating fewer local authority placements while investing in technology and services to respond to demand,” said Prof. Green.

“The sector can and must adapt, but dynamics are shifting and unless local authorities pay the commensurate rate to providers there will be a lack of capacity for local authority funded residents and the ongoing workforce challenges will not be addressed.”

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96% of providers expected their overall staffing budget to increase this year and all expected further increases over … Read More »


Government acts to reduce impact of new wage rules on sleep-ins

Posted on July 26th, by geoff in Caring Times. Comments Off on Government acts to reduce impact of new wage rules on sleep-ins

The Government has announced that it has temporarily suspended enforcement activity and is waiving historic financial penalties against employers concerning sleep-in shift pay in the social care sector.

Last week specialist care provider organisations said the sector was approaching a crunch over sleep-ins and called on government to clarify its position. Today, the Government has said it will waive historic financial penalties owed by employers who have underpaid their workers for overnight sleep-in shifts before 26 July 2017; and temporarily suspend HMRC enforcement activity concerning payment of sleep-in shifts by social care providers until 2nd October 2017.

Government reaffirmed its expectation that all employers pay their workers according to the law, including for sleep-in shifts, as set out in guidance entitled “Calculating the National Minimum Wage”.

The Government says it will continue to look at the issue alongside industry representatives to see whether … Read More »


Money Can’t Buy Me Care

Posted on July 24th, by geoff in Caring Times, CT blog. 1 Comment

By Caring Times editor GEOFF HODGSON

Every so often someone writing a speech or press release trots out the tired old trope about “older people receiving the care they deserve”.

As a piece of patronising drivel it’s hard to beat. Nobody “deserves” good care; it’s not something one receives as a reward for meritorious conduct, you don’t get good care in recognition of your past contribution to society. Older people get good care because they need it. End of story.

Well, not quite; even if we accept the word ‘care’ as shorthand for ‘care services’, the situation doesn’t change. The reality of limited resources means that care services are rationed, but on the dual bases of means and need, not ‘deservability’.

Having pots of money might guarantee you good care services but not necessarily good care. Otherwise there’d be no need for CQC to inspect … Read More »





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