[John Robertson in the Chair] — Care Workers

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 10:36 am on 5th November 2014.

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Photo of Liz Kendall Liz Kendall Shadow Minister (Health) (Care and Older People) 10:36 am, 5th November 2014

My hon. Friend is absolutely right. I was going to come to that point. If someone is on a zero-hours contract, they will be too terrified to tell their employer that they are not paying the minimum wage. I am not yet convinced that the Minister is working closely enough with Ministers in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. According to an answer to a written question from my hon. Friend Alex Cunningham, the Minister has had just one meeting all year with BIS to discuss underpayment of the national minimum wage in the care sector. That is not good enough. We need more action.

Several of my right hon. and hon. Friends rightly said that £3.5 billion has been cut from local council adult social care budgets. Within that context, the pressures are building.