Professor Martin Green at Care Englandsaid:
‘We fully support Liz Kendall’s drive to ensure that care workers are paid the Living Wage. The complex duties that care workers perform combined with the immense compassion and dedication that they demonstrate on a daily basis means that there is no question that they deserve to be paid at least a Living Wage.
However, we face an inescapable reality in which the fees that providers are paid by local authorities have consistently fallen in recent years – a trend that is set to continue in years to come. With the cost of regulation increasing and the Low Pay Commission already noting that along with childcare, social care has the highest labour cost to turnover ratio in the country, many providers are in a position in which they simply cannot afford to pay the Living Wage’.
‘In order to achieve her aspiration, Liz Kendall must commit a future government to find the estimated £2 billion necessary to enable providers to move towards the Living Wage. A detailed explanation as to why she should do this can be found in our Five Year Vision published earlier today’ (Link in footnote 3).
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