The Care Workers’ Charity Responds to Royal Mencap Society V Tomlinson-Blake Judgement
The Care Workers’ Charity is very disappointed in the Supreme Court ruling today which has denied sleep-in care workers the right to receive a full minimum wage for their shifts. This ruling, which has been long awaited, represents a missed chance to recognise the contribution and hard work of our social care workforce. It also means that social care workers remain the only working population exempt from working regulations ensuring they receive minimum wage. Care workers play a vital role in the lives of those who use care services, as well as positively impacting our economy and society. It is unacceptable that many of them are not legally entitled to a minimum wage. Increasing care worker pay is an investment worth making by the DHSC to ensure we continue to provide high quality care to those who need support, and recognise our social care workers in the way they deserve.