Right at Home Managing Director Ken Deary joined a meeting of national care providers and the UK Home Care Association in London this week, debating the impact of the increased living wage on the care sector.
While Right at Home CareGivers are paid significantly above the National Minimum Wage, some providers operating on behalf of social services have argued they will be unable to provide care if the Government increases this to more than £9 an hour.
The BBC News featured the story on its 6pm and 10pm national programmes.
Ken, pictured far right, said: “As a quality care provider, Right at Home invests in its workforce and pays significantly above the national sector average, as well as offering excellent training, strong support and a career pathway for those who want it.
“We believe that higher wages across the wider care sector will attract more people into what has long been perceived as an under-valued job role, considering how important caring for vulnerable people is, and how rewarding our CareGivers find their work. But there are undeniable implications for those companies who rely on local authority funding and whose budgets for care delivery are already stretched almost to the point of no longer being viable.”