sally 123 wrote:
Likw , I think the trade off , re- giving private care home staff a living wage, is the fact local authority homes are closing, the care for each individual client, in a privately run residential home , is quite alot cheaper than "l.a."care homes. precisely the reason for closing the "l.a" homes. the closures have nothing to do with quality of care, just the cost of care. staff working in private care homes are paid less than , staff who worked in council run care homes. therefore that makes a saving on- cost of running the homes, and paying staff. - Say the private care home staff, get a wage rise to £7.20ph,- Don't you see, they are still paid less than council care staff. The council can afford to give the living wage , as it is not paying for the homes that have closed , or the staff that worked in the homes that are closed.
I mean no disrespect to private care home staff, when I say their employers , take on staff who do not have the qualifications or experience for the work they do, if they had, they wouldn't work for £6.25 ph.- thats around £3 pound less ph, than council staff, so up their wage by £1ph still saving £2ph. another trade off I think?
A couple of questions I have Sally - can we assume that those working in private homes don't have the qualifications and experience that council employees have simply on the pay ratios or is it that the market allows private sector providers to pay a lower price for the same level of skills/experience?
Secondly, can we assume that there are short-term cost savings that can be passed to a "living wage" contract with a private provider given that there are associated costs with closing LA provision (i.e. redundancy payments) and related to that, given that there already exists contracts with private providers that would have to be renegotiated, these wouldn't see a savings opportunity as they have already been accounted for?
Its not that I don't have sympathy with the aims of the living wage (I do and so would have Henry Ford who applied its principles to his workers), it just isn't necessarily the best way of achieving its goals given the current situation that we have found ourselves in where business is subsidised by government spending. Given where we are, I favour a different method of raising people's living standards.