Wednesday 28 August 2013

Directors of adult social services have joined other bodies in condemning the practice, however carried out, of paying any worker less than the statutory, national minimum wage. According to ADASS President Sandie Keene: we all of us fully understand the serious financial pressures facing the private home care sector. They are no less than those faced by the economy as a whole. But that cannot be used in any way as a justification from breaking the law.

Mrs Keene was responding to a report published by the Resolution Foundation suggesting that up to one in ten care workers is paid less than the current minimum wage of £6.19 per hour.

She said " there is much in the report which ADASS would support such as increasing penalties for companies which break the law, clearer payslips, ensuring care firms include reasonable payment for staff when bidding for contracts and better Government guidance for the social care sector on applying minimum wage.

However, we continue to dispute that all '15-minute care slots' are inappropriate. There is much evidence that medicines management, just checking, and/or some carer support tasks can be achieved in shorter timescales.

ADASS is joining with partners in Think Local; Act Personal and the Department of Health to commission work on excellence in commissioning for outcomes. This work will enable consideration of key current issues including best procurement practice for home care in the light of our ambition to improve practice n the sector.

Mrs Keene added: " Well supported staff have greater job satisfaction and overall wellbeing. Care providers must take this into account when establishing the pay and general employment conditions of their staff, as we must take it into account when letting contracts for the care of our citizens.

ENDS

For further information contact:
Sandie Keene, ADASS President, 01132700
Drew Clode, ADASS Policy/Press Adviser, 020 8348 5023/07976 837755

Editorial Notes

The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) represents directors and senior managers of adult social services departments in English local authorities. Directors (DASSs) have statutory responsibilities for the social care of older people, adults with disabilities and adults with mental health needs.

In many authorities ADASS members will also share a number of responsibilities for the provision and/or commissioning of housing, leisure, libraries, culture, and community safety on behalf of their councils. More than a third of DASSs are also the statutory director of childrens services for their authority.