STANDARDS IN ELDERLY CARE COULD FALL WITH THE NEW NATIONAL LIVING WAGE
- 30 Aug
The LGA has warned that the funding gap facing social care will rise to £2.9billion a year by 2020, according to reports by The Telegraph
Study by think tank has warned that "Standards in elderly care could fall following the introduction of the National Living Wage for care workers unless the government is able to help plug the shortfall in funding".
The study also found "no evidence of employers cutting back on shifts to finance the new wage rise and warned local authorities could use the excuse of higher wages to 'ration' care services".
Laura Gardiner, Senior researcher told the Telegraph:
"If there's no extra funding in place in the long term, local providers could easily blame higher wages for the further rationing of care services.
"These funding shortfalls existed before the introduction of the new wage, but what we don't want to see is it being allowed to put more stress on the current system."
Ms Gardiner also said:
"It is great news that the National Living Wage continues to rise to its target value by 2020, we risk reaching a crunch point where a lack of funding leaves the care sector unable to continue to spread the benefits.
"Our ageing population combined with the prospects of reduced inward migration post-Brexit make it essential that more public funding is available for care providers to attract and retain the care workforce we need."
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