The issue of non-compliance with national minimum wage laws in the home care sector is becoming a focus for government. Working out pay rates is not straight forward as many providers include a payment for travel time within the rate paid to staff for time spent delivering care. Although the practice is lawful, if the pay averages out at or below the minimum wage providers will not be within the law. Micro-enterprises are less likely to encounter this but as council cuts are imposed alongside pressure to do more of less it can make delivering services as you would wish difficult. If this might be an issue for you, you can find out more in this Community Care article: www.communitycare.co.uk/articles/22/03/2013/119031/providers-cannot-increase-pay-for-home-care-workers-at-time-of-council-cuts.htm?cmpid=NLC|SCSC|SCDDB-20130325-GLOB|news
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