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The advent of the Care Act legally allows council-funded clients to dip into their own savings in order to secure a bed in a more expensive long term care facility.
The time has come, says the King’s Fund commission, for ‘a new settlement’ to meet the needs of 21st century patients and service users.
The LaingBuisson Care Home Pay Survey Report shows that many new build care home facilities are paying base salaries in excess of £60,000 per annum to their managers. It says that taken together with substantial bonus, pension payments and national insurance the total cost of a new manager is fast approaching £100,000 in the best quality environments.
The report expressed serious concerns that safeguards brought in to protect vulnerable patients are actually being used to “oppress” them.
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.