Call for increased funding

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

Following the recently announced increase in the National Minimum Wage (NMW), BUPA has called for an increase in long term care funding in order to meet spiralling staffing costs and to continue to deliver high standards of care to care home residents. BUPA Care Services managing director Mark Ellerby said his company was supportive of the work of the Low Pay Commission (LPC) and believed care workers should be paid more for the essential contribution they made in delivering quality care. “However, the recently announced increase in the NMW of 7.1 per cent for workers over 21 and 7.7 per cent for those aged 18 ­ 21 is almost three times the rate of inflation and twice the average increase in national earnings,” Mr Ellerby said. “This will have a severe impact on the care home sector. Currently staff costs represent on average 50 per cent of turnover in a typical care home and in some homes significantly more. The care home sector will not be able to meet wage increases of this level and increases in National

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