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The introduction of a national living wage will leave the care sector "at serious risk of catastrophic collapse", the head of the body representing the industry has warned. Five of the biggest care home providers in the UK have written to Chancellor George Osborne to warn that the plan will…
Proposals to cut salary supplements for trainee GPs would have a "catastrophic impact" on recruitment and lead to more pressure on doctors, Jeremy Hunt has been warned. The chairwoman of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), Dr Maureen Baker, said in a letter to the Health Secretary that the…
Cornerstone is one of the largest care providers in Scotland, providing services to children and adults in 20 of the country’s 32 local authority areas. With a turnover of almost £36m and a payroll of over 2,500 staff, we are a significant contributor to the delivery of public services. We…
More than 60 per cent of NHS trust finance directors think controls on agency spending announced in June will not significantly reduce the amount spent on agency staff, according to the latest quarterly monitoring report from The King’s Fund. Only one in ten trusts surveyed thought the controls, which set…
Introducing a National Living Wage for council staff and care workers needs to be considered in the wider debate about council funding, as analysis by the Local Government Association reveals it could cost more than £1 billion a year by 2020/21. The new National Living Wage, for workers over the…
About 800 union activists have held a rally to show support for homelessness workers who have been on strike for 12 weeks in a pay row. The Glasgow City Council employees are in dispute over a regrading claim and are now involved in one of the country's longest-running current stoppages.…
The Government is being urged to tackle a "crisis" in the care system after warnings from workers that the crucial sector is "collapsing". A dossier drawn up by Unison revealed illegally low pay rates, widespread use of zero-hours contracts, poor training standards and "damaging consequences" of privatisation. Homecare workers also…
NHS nurses could strike if the Government threatens the payments they receive for working anti-social hours and weekends as part of David Cameron's drive to create a seven-day service, a nursing leader has warned. In his first major speech since the general election produced a Conservative-only Government, the Prime Minister…
How many hours should low-paid parents be expected to work? Universal credit (UC) pilots launched today provide an insight into government thinking on this question. Over the next year or so, 15,000 working families in receipt of UC will be randomly subject to different levels of ‘in-work conditionality’ requiring them…
Seventy workers in Glasgow City Council’s Homeless Service will walk out this lunchtime in a dispute over their pay grade. The workers are all members of the trade union UNISON and will are taking strike action in a dispute over the application of the council’s job evaluation scheme to the…
Workers on zero-hours contracts and irregular hours are afraid to speak out about their rights for fear of losing their job, a new report has revealed. A study by Citizens Advice showed that people contacting a bureau for help are more likely to have fluctuating hours or shift patterns than…
Failing to pay the living wage to care workers risks affecting the standard of care received by vulnerable people, the Head of Social Work at Birmingham City University has warned. Responding to a recent report by the Resolution Foundation, which reveals two thirds of all care jobs in the UK…

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