IHA: wage increase will need explicit funding

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

Calls from the trade union movement for an increase to the minimum wage to more than £5 an hour fail to take into account the financial pressures faced by independent care providers says the Independent Healthcare Association (IHA). In its recent response to the Low Pay Commission, the IHA acknowledged and supported the moral sentiment behind setting a national minimum wage. Equally, the association said, a fair wage recognises that the maintenance of high quality care is largely dependent on a well-trained and motivated workforce. Eleanor Pryde, the IHA¹s community care co-ordinator said association members wanted to pay their staff appropriately for the hard work they did, but that income from local authority fees must match that commitment. “The 10.8 per cent increase in the national minimum wage in October 2001 created a huge financial burden on care homes because the increase was not matched by a commensurate rise in funding for local authority residents,” Miss Pryde said. “This has undoubtedly contrib

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