This House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts report suggests that implementation of the Care Act will depend on an unprecedented degree of collaboration across every level of government.
The report indicates that roughly 220,000 people working in social care earn less than the minimum wage. Roughly one-third of the workforce is on a zero-hours contract. Approximately 2.2 million people had to give up work to care for family members.
House of Commons Committee of Public Accounts. Adult social care in England. Sixth Report of Session 2014–15: Report, together with the formal minutes relating to the report. Ordered by the House of Commons to be printed 2 July 2014. HC 518. [Incorporating HC 1118, Session 2013-14]. London: House of Commons [The Stationery Office Limited], July 10th 2014.
Unintended Consequences of National Minimum Wage?
The charity Mencap has warned that vulnerable people with learning difficulties could lose overnight supervision, which may become unsustainably costly.
Bloch-Budzier, S. (2017). Pay row threatens overnight care for vulnerable. London: BBC Health News, July 19th 2017.
Pym, H. (2017). Overnight carer back pay scheme ‘unaffordable’. London: BBC Health News, November 2nd 2017.
Mencap Won Appeal
The Court of Appeal has decided care providers have no liability for back pay:
Mencap wins ‘unaffordable’ overnight back pay appeal. London: BBC Health News, July 13th 2018.