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The UK Homecare Association (UKHCA), which represents providers, want them to be paid a minimum of £15.19 an hour, to cover wages, training and travel.
But the regulator must work hard and fast to win back public confidence, it warns.
The union Unison said the changes may leave some staff at the council’s care homes almost £1,500 a year worse off.
Darren Smith, 35, from Lancaster, had pleaded guilty and was jailed for eight months at Preston Crown Court.
The figures are based on a snapshot of the sector in England taken in December 2012, when the minimum wage was £6.19 per hour.
A new scheme to foster links between health and wellbeing boards and independent care homes has been welcomed by the sector.
The English Community Care Association and NHS Partners Network have set up the initiative in order to increase understanding of private providers of health and care services, and provide support for care home managers to approach the boards.
David Taylor-Robinson from the University of Liverpool, and colleagues show that the number of malnutrition related admissions to hospital in England has doubled since 2008-09.