Providers can’t afford to pay more, says UKHCA
Caring Times, April 2014
The United Kingdom Homecare Association says the Low Pay Commission’s recommendation of a 3% increase in the National Minimum Wage would place a further strain on the UK’s homecare sector unless the additional cost of paying higher wages was recognised by local authorities, who purchase the majority of homecare.
In February, the BBC used the Freedom of Information Act (note 1) to discover that only four out of 101 councils in England paid at or above UKHCA’s minimum price for homecare of £15.19 per hour. A 3% uplift in the main rate for the National Minimum Wage (from £6.31 to £6.50), would increase UKHCA’s minimum price to £15.74, a figure, says the UKHCA, far in excess of the figure offered by most local authorities.
A 3% uplift in the main rate for the National Minimum Wage (from £6.31 to £6.50), would increase UKHCA’s minimum price to £15.74, a figure far in excess of the figure offered by most local authorities.
UKHCA Chair Mike Padgham said: “We all want to see the homecare workers properly rewarded for the demanding and essential work they do. However, local authorities have persistently failed to recognise these cost pressures.
“It is imperative that a Government which acts on the Low Pay Commission’s recommendation to increase the Minimum Wage also heeds the Commission’s urge for a requirement for councils to take account of the full costs of care in the statutory guidance it is currently preparing on commissioning of social care.”