A government-commissioned report says ministers should introduce a new fully funded minimum wage for workers providing publicly funded social care, at a rate higher than the national living wage
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Carers should be paid a statutory minimum wage of £10.50 – £1 higher than other workers, a bombshell report says tonight.
The government’s migration watchdog called for a separate salary floor to address labor shortages in the industry.
And the Migration Advisory Council warned that the staffing crisis was partly caused by the end of post-Brexit free movement.
The Mirror reported in January that 97% of carers say their homes are understaffed, and one in three workers say staffing levels are “dangerously low”.
One warned: “The dying do not die with dignity because there are not enough staff to assist them in their final hours.”
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The government-commissioned report says ministers should introduce a new fully funded minimum wage for workers providing publicly funded social care, at a rate above the national living wage.
According to the report, there is “no reason” why caregiver pay should only increase if the National Living Wage does so, as it would not make care more attractive compared to other sectors.
The report states: “These problems are the result of years of political decisions not to adequately fund the social welfare system.
“But the end [freedom of movement] has contributed to bottlenecks in social care.”
Under the new post-Brexit rules, carers originally required a skilled worker visa to come to the UK from abroad – which requires either a salary of over £25,600.
Workers can qualify on the lower wage of £20,480 if their job is in a “shortage occupation” – but carers were only included after a reversal in December 2021.
The new report stopped by recommending lowering the wage threshold – which could have taken in more workers but at poverty wages.
The report also recommended that social workers should be paid for the hours they travel and sleep while on the job.
It states: “While these hours are not adequately remunerated, low-paid workers are underpaid for their hours.”
Immigration Secretary Kevin Foster thanked the report’s authors for their “valuable contributions”.
He added: “The government will carefully consider the report and its recommendations before deciding on the next steps.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/care-workers-should-1050-legal-26816029 Bombshell report says carers should be paid statutory minimum wage of £10.50