Lancashire home owners cry foul on ‘double standard’ over money for millennium cover

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

Lancashire County Council’s payment policy for care workers over the millennium break has drawn heavy criticism from the Lancashire Care Association (LCA). LCA chairman Frank Hessey has accused the authority of applying different standards to private sector care homes. Mr Hessey said he was considering taking the matter to the Office of Fair Trading after social services officers refused to pay extra to cover millennium overtime payments for the private sector while paying double time, plus extra holidays, to their own workers. “We will ask for an increase in fees of around 8% to cover the minimum wage, working time regulations and other cost increases,” Mr Hessey said. “We are keeping our powder dry against the outcome .” Mr Hessey said local authorities across the north west had teamed up to deny millennium payments to privately operated care homes. “They’re acting as a cartel to keep us out of what they see as their business,” he said. “They are actually denying help to old people by spending more than the

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