Addressing the EMCARE conference, Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, warned the Government that there could be business failures unless the National Minimum Wage was fully funded.
Care England, the largest representative body for independent care providers, has been on record calling for the National Living Wage and has long campaigned for it to be introduced; however without adequate funding to pay for it the care sector is at serious risk of collapse.
Martin Green says:
“We want to work with the Government to find a fair solution that will ensure that the care sector can provide a safe and comfortable environment for residents of care homes. We are fortunate in that our Care Minister, Alistair Burt, is sympathetic however we need a big sea change and Local Authorities need to start paying the true cost of care. Staff costs account for 60% of the costs of care. Workforce is our crucial resource and something that we cannot skimp on. Funding is at the very highest point on our agenda in order to stem collapse in the sector; it is absurd to think that the NHS could cope with the fall out should social care systems fail”.
The East Midlands Conference bought together notable speakers and innovative workshops for care home providers. Professor Martin Green was delivering a speech entitled The Care Act Pause: Implications for Social Care.