Protecting Older Peoples Human Rights – According to the latest review


Local authorities should change how they commission home care, and in particular ensure that workers are paid the minimum wage, according to a review of care published today by the Commission.

Local authorities should change how they commission home care, and in particular ensure that workers are paid the minimum wage, according to a review of care published today by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC).

The report warns that the way care is currently commissioned is unsustainable, leading to inadequate pay, poor working conditions for care workers and increasing threats to older people’s human rights.http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/news/2013/october/home-care-commissioning-practices-by-local-authorities-must-protect-older-people-s-human-rights-say/

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  1. EHRC Commissioner Sarah Veale said:

    ‘The current system of commissioning and funding home care is increasingly unsustainable as the number of people requiring care grows every year.’

    ‘Low status, low pay and poor working conditions are leading to high turnover of staff and putting older people’s human rights at risk. Care workers perform a hugely valuable role in looking after some of the most vulnerable members of society and at the least should expect to be paid the legal minimum wage rather than being forced to fund transport costs and time spent between visits out of their own pockets.

    ‘We recognise the extreme financial pressure local authorities are under. However, some authorities have taken innovative action in partnership with providers and older people to improve how they deliver care, without significant increases in expenditure. For example, closing the curtains when people are getting undressed or not talking over them does not cost anything and it makes a difference.

    ‘The transparent use of carefully considered costing models that take account of all elements of the actual costs of care will make it clear to providers that local authorities expect care workers to be properly paid, trained and supported.’

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