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Social Services: Minimum Wage

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 130644, tabled on 1 March 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of the Government fully meeting the costs in the care sector of any liability and back-pay relating to sleep-in shifts.

Answered on

8 March 2018

Both the Deloitte and King’s studies have fed into the Government’s work on sleep-ins. The information requested forms part of the evidence base that is being used to assess options and is subject to further analysis and refinement. Consequently there is no timetable for publication.

These studies have assisted Government officials in their understanding of the scale of the liabilities that the social care sector is facing.

The Government recognises the pressure that has been placed on the sleep-in sector by historic liabilities for back pay and is exploring options to minimise any impact on the social care sector.