I’d like to correct some of the outrageous comments from Charmaine Morgan in her column in last week’s Journal.
Let me be clear that care workers aren’t paid less than the minimum wage. Homecare providers have legal requirements which they work within, one of these being that they pay the minimum wage. Contracts are monitored to ensure standards and conditions are maintained, including Care Quality Commission input, and to suggest otherwise is misleading.
It’s untrue to say the Leader of the council and Conservative members do not believe people should receive a living wage.
We voted against the Labour proposal for an amendment to our budget at the full council meeting because of the huge cost of funding a living wage for staff, as well as many other areas of expense, when we just don’t have the funds.
The implications of paying the living wage for the 1.8m hours that are bought every year would cost in the region of £2.4m per year to implement and would have knock on effects to other employment markets.
In an ideal world where money is plentiful, we would no doubt fund this and many other services.
But, unlike the Labour party, we are living in the real world where we are facing increased costs, a £56m budget gap and another tough financial settlement from the Government.
I can assure residents that home care is in good hands and with support and monitoring from the Care Quality Commission, providers are giving the support that is needed.
We can do without councillors playing around with the truth in such a sensitive area as adult care merely for party political purposes. Coun Morgan should know better.
Coun Patricia Bradwell
Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Adult Care and Health Services.
Lincolnshire County Council