In response to the minimum wage announcement in the Queen’s Speech, Director of Policy at Independent Age, Simon Bottery, said:

“Legislation to impose higher penalties on employers who fail to pay their staff the minimum wage has been announced in the Queen's Speech. This legislation is desperately needed in the social care sector. The recent report by Baroness Kingsmill said there was ‘evidence of widespread exploitation of workers’ and estimated that between 160,000 and 220,000 care workers are paid less than the national minimum wage. It cannot be right that those caring for the sick, elderly and disabled are so underpaid and undervalued.”

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