Responding to a warning by the Royal Mencap Society on the impact of sleep-in pay for carers, Margaret Willcox, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS), said:

“ADASS and the social care sector remain significantly concerned about changes in guidance and practice by government departments in relation to payments for staff who are asleep, particularly the issue of historic back pay. This poses high additional risk to what is already a fragile social care market.

“Changing the long-established practice of paying a flat rate ‘on call’ allowance would have a crippling impact on many providers who are already closing or returning contracts to councils due to the adult social care funding  situation.

“Treating sleep-in payments as work which qualifies for National Living Wage rates increases the risk of making significant parts of social care markets untenable and causing unnecessary anxiety and upheaval for thousands of older and disabled people and their families.

“There needs to be a speedy, fair and consistent solution to this issue that is fully funded by Government and we would welcome clarity and a resolution of the situation as soon as possible.”

CONTACT: Alan Harris, ADASS media office, 0207 664 3239