Two thirds off all care workers in the UK are paid less than the living wage according to a study which calls for the Government to subsidise higher wages for the 930,000 care workers below that level.
Andrew Grice of The Independent reports that a year-long investigation by the Resolution Foundation think-tank found that paying a living wage to all 1.4 million care workers would cost about £1.4bn a year. But half the spending would be returned to the Exchequer through higher income tax and National Insurance receipts and lower benefit payments.
Those receiving care would benefit from greater continuity and better quality from a more stable and satisfied workforce.
The living wage is set at £9.15 an hour in London and £7.85 outside the capital.