Minimum wage for sleep-in shifts poses ‘existential threat’ to care sector

By Mike Yuille | 08 May 2018

The financial viability of nearly 70% of the care sector is threatened by the looming funding crisis over sleep-in shift pay, according to a survey by the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG).

In addition, the growing concerns over a potential tidal wave of back payments to workers back-dated up to six years is already affecting the provision of care services via local authorities and other bodies.

Care providers have already decided not to bid or negotiate for 273 new contracts because of their financial situation directly related to sleep-in back pay, the VODG survey found.  Further, job losses are predicted, with nearly half (46%) of providers responding saying they would have to make redundancies.

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