Survey to assess impact of sleep-in pay on social care
Care providers are being urged to participate in the national survey commissioned by the Solve Sleep-Ins Alliance (#SolveSleepIns), a group of organisations that represent providers delivering overnight support shifts. The alliance is formed of the Association for Real Change, Care England, Learning Disability England, Learning Disability Voices and the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG).
The alliance says a full independent, accurate analysis of the impact of the bill for sleep-in back pay on social care is urgently needed.
The survey, accessible via www.sleepinsurvey.org.uk will close at midnight on Monday 5 March 2018. Data will not be shared across organisations and only aggregated data will be reported in our policy influencing and campaigning activities.
Changes to government guidance mean that sleep-in staff who previously earned around £30 per shift must be paid minimum wage, with providers liable for six years’ worth of back pay for such shifts. The unexpected bill comes amid an existing financial crisis in social care, with yearly cuts since 2010 amounting to £6.3 billion and planned savings in 2017/18 a further £824m.
- Organisations are invited to join the online conversation via #SolveSleepIns and #StopSleepInCrisis hashtags.