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Sleep-in pay crisis threatens fifth of care jobs

A survey commissioned by the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), which received about 90 responses, found that 68 per cent said there would be a threat to the viability of their organisation if they were made to pay six years' back-pay to sleep-in shift workers historically paid below the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

The survey also shows: the care sector is drastically underfunded, only half of commissioners of care services are paying the NMW for care workers on sleep-in shifts, and the majority of care providers have not budgeted for the back pay bill.

The government changed its guidance on sleep-in care workers last year after two tribunal rulings left care charities facing a back-pay bill for six years' of arrears, which Mencap estimated would total £400m. The Court of Appeal is considering an appeal by Care England against the government's back-pay decision.

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