Concern over holiday plans

Posted on January 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The English Community Care Association (ECCA) has expressed concern at the Government’s further phase of consultation on increasing the holiday entitlement. ECCA chief executive Martin Green said care homes wanted to give the best terms and conditions possible to their staff but, because care was a 24-hour business, the proposals meant there would be considerable extra costs for care home providers to meet. “For example eight extra days’ equals 40 per cent increase in holiday entitlement which would be a 3.4 per cent increase in the staff costs,” said Mr Green. “It is therefore absolutely critical that councils and the NHS are statutorily required to cover these increased costs in the fees that they pay to care homes.” It is proposed to amend the Working Time Regulations 1998 to increase the statutory entitlement to paid holiday from four weeks to 4.8 weeks in October 2007, and from 4.8 to 5.6 weeks on 1st October 2008, subject to a maximum statutory entitlement of 28 days. Under the proposals the

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