120 care providers investigated by HM Revenue and Customs for paying care staff below the minimum wage
It has been widely reported in the press this week that 120 care providers are being investigated by HM Revenue and Customs for paying care staff below the minimum wage.
Apparently, the care companies involved are blaming cuts in council funding for the decrease in their salaries. There are different methods used by the care providers to achieve not for the minimum wage such as not paying for travel time between care visits.
It is alarming at a time so much attention has been given to the poor treatment of residents in some care homes by staff and the mistreatment and unacceptable behavior of some care-workers has been highlighted in the press in recent years through investigation. However, this investigation would now indicate systematic abuse of staff themselves by the senior management or in fact, the employer, the company overall responsible for finding ways to deny them their basic right to a minimum wage. Not only is it unethical, it’s actually illegal!
If there is no duty of care to staff, how indeed does the employer expect to promote a duty of care to it’s residents. When did the care sector become nothing more than a numbers game?
There has been much attention given to the revelations recently that on average, many care workers are only staying in people’s homes for 15-minutes at a time, with these further revelations about being denied the cost and time to get to their next visit, it would seem they are not being encouraged to focus on providing the care and attention the individual may require, therefore cannot possibly be providing the good quality care that people need.
It seems so inappropriate for a sector which by it’s very definition means:
1: the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, maintenance, and protection of someone or something.
2 serious attention or consideration applied to doing something correctly or to avoid damage or risk.
When did the Care Sector, become nothing but a numbers game?