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20 May 2014
We need to improve the quality of care in this country, to ensure vulnerable people and carers get a better deal. Clock-watch care and 15 minute home care visits mean our loved ones aren’t getting the care they need.
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.