Independent Age response to Key to Care: Report of the Burstow Commission on the future of the home care workforce

Chief Executive of Independent Age, Janet Morrison, said:

“We welcome the recommendations in today’s report (Tuesday 2 December), particularly those that focus on better pay for care workers. Currently up to 220,000 care workers are paid less than the national minimum wage. But these staff do challenging and specialised work in supporting old and disabled people. Putting this right, however, requires fundamental reform, as the root cause of low pay and zero-hours contracts of care workers, is a care system impacted by years of underfunding.”

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