Rebecca Long-Bailey MP for Salford and Eccles, commenting on the local impact of the Government’s decision to extend the suspension of enforcement action against adult social care providers for back pay of sleep-in shifts, said:
“Adult care services in Salford is on its knees. The Government’s latest announcement that it will simply extend HMRC enforcement action in relation to the back pay due to staff for sleep in shifts will only add greater uncertainty to the future of care in Salford.
In the North West alone there are over 210,000 care staff in the sector. They deserve to be paid what they are due but with many of the public and private care providers in question stating that they simply do not have the estimated £400m required to fund back pay, and that Government care funding is increasingly insufficient to deliver the quality care people deserve, it is clear that the crisis has reached breaking point.
Care workers and providers in Salford now face an agonising wait as this issue is yet again kicked in to the long grass.
The Government must urgently outline its plan to ensure care workers receive the back pay to which they are entitled, while also ensuring that providers can continue to provide essential care services”