Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Labour will call time on clock-watch care

This week Labour announced new plans to call time on clock-watch care and 15 minute home care visits which mean our loved ones aren’t getting the care they need.

Ed Miliband has promised to improve the quality of care in this country - to ensure vulnerable people and carers get a better deal.

HMRC figures reveal that a big part of the problem lies with unscrupulous care companies who exploit their employees and 50 per cent of the care providers HMRC inspected failed to pay the minimum wage, let alone the living wage.

Far from supporting care workers to look after vulnerable people, these companies owe a staggering £1 million in unpaid wages and refuse to pay workers who stay longer than the time limited 15 minute visit even if the person they are visiting needs them to stay longer.

The Government should be standing up to companies who fail to meet their legal duties, and should start by immediately naming those concerned. HMRC must take action in each case where it finds non-compliance, and dedicated care workers must get what they are owed.

This is a chance for the Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition to act now - but if they fail to do so the next Labour Government will.

Labour has already set out detailed policy to strengthen the enforcement of the National Minimum Wage and end exploitation of zero hors contracts, and will work with councils and care providers to raise standards in the industry.

The current situation is completely unacceptable and will be a shock to most people, particularly those with loved ones in care.