Local Authorities’ Statutory Care Duties

Part of Housing, Communities and Local Government – in the House of Commons on 22nd July 2019.

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Photo of Louise Haigh Louise Haigh Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Policing)

I am very grateful for those birthday wishes, but I would be even more grateful if the Minister could agree with me that local authorities have a statutory responsibility to ensure that care workers who they have commissioned are paid the minimum wage. The all-party parliamentary group on social care has heard increasing evidence that, despite guidance issued by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs, care workers are still not receiving the minimum wage because they are not paid for travel time in between their contact hours. Will the Minister give me a great birthday present by announcing that he will review the way in which care workers are paid and that he will ensure they are paid the basic statutory minimum wage?