NCA: extra week’s leave will hurt providers

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

Proposals by the Department for Trade and Industry (DTI) to increase the statutory minimum holiday entitlement to 28 days could leave care providers in “serious financial difficulty”, says the National care Association (NCA). The association says an extra week’s holiday for care workers would lead to a 40 per cent increase in the cost of holiday pay, and a 3.4 per cent rise in providers’ overall wage bill. NCA chairman Nadra Ahmed said the DTI proposals to award an additional eight days holiday to all staff could expose many small providers to serious financial hardship. “All care providers strive to do the best they can for their staff and would not want to begrudge staff additional leave, however,  this will be particularly serious for care providers as wage costs represent at least 60 per cent of all expenditure,” said Mrs Ahmed. NCA said it had met with the DTI to call for parallel legislation to require local councils and Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to take into account, when contracting for

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