Minimum wage hike hit quality of care homes, report finds

08 July 2018 – Telegraph

A new study has found that care homes have responded to the introduction of the National Living Wage by cutting costs.  They have not reduced the number of workers in homes or cut their hours, as was feared before the pay rise was introduced. Nor have they raised fees, as local authority regulations make this hard to do.

Instead quality has fallen because the homes can spend less money elsewhere, according to a study of wage payments and Care Quality Commission reports by academics at the London School of Economics.

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