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https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/nov/17/day-in-the-life-of-a-care-worker-zero-hours-contracts

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It’s 6.30am and still dark, and Jean is setting out for her job as a home care worker. When she returns in 12 hours’ time she will have made 23 house calls to sick and elderly people, driven 20 miles between appointments and earned £64.80 before tax.

Jean isn’t her real name. Along with fellow care workers in this northern town she is on a zero-hours contract and fears losing work if her employer is unhappy with her. She fears that speaking out about how she has to race between visits, cutting short her appointments in order to earn the “national living wage”, might result in an immediate loss of earnings.

So that equates to about £2.81 per visit and if you ignore travel that would equate to around 30 minutes per visit, however if you add travel perhaps 15 to 20 minutes per visit.  So poor quality care and very poor pay, especially if you add in breaks and lunch.

Then you wonder what these people are being charged for this service.  It's at the stage where the care workers should run the business themselves.

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It stinks.

Council and agency should be sued.

Ive said on an ealier thread that the council should pay or sub the care. But he OAP should pay for the travel cost.

This poor ladies 20 miles travel in a day is nothing. I know one woman who travels stupid distances - 80 - all pretty much on her buck. Stinks.

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I honestly don't understand how zero hours contracts have been allowed to happen. It's like employers have discovered a wheeze which allows them to roll back every employment right that has been fought for over the last 50 years, and there is nothing the law can do to stop them. Simply hiring people as "contractors" is all it took - bet the employers are wondering why they didn't think of it before. Of course, for this to work, there has to be enough people desperate enough to take up the positions, but it doesn't seem like there is a shortage. Good luck getting any sort of credit short of a payday loan.

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11 minutes ago, Longtermrenter said:

My great aunt was paying £15 for one of these 20 min visits. So agency charging about £330 for the days work.

I was going to say: "agency still has to cover NI, tax, mileage, etc", but then read the rest of the article. No wonder many prefer unemployment or maximise WTC.

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I know a lot of women who work on these.They try to stick to 16/20 hours so they get full tax credits and they take on lots of cash in hand work from the clients.Rather than pay big council fees/agency fees the clients book 15 minutes care a day (make toast and cuppa and make sure tablets taken etc) and the rest they pay the lasses say £10 a day to get their shopping,put them to bed etc.Most of the lasses then end up with £100 wages,£200 tax credits and £100-£200 cash in hand.The clients bypass huge fees and get someone in twice a day helping them out for £70 a week.Everyones happy,apart from the state of course who lose a fortune.Of course the contracts say you cant take private work,but they all ignore them because its easy to jump to another agency if ever caught.

Playing by the rules doesnt work for workers these days,and most people know that.

 

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2 hours ago, mattyboy1973 said:

I honestly don't understand how zero hours contracts have been allowed to happen. It's like employers have discovered a wheeze which allows them to roll back every employment right that has been fought for over the last 50 years, and there is nothing the law can do to stop them. Simply hiring people as "contractors" is all it took - bet the employers are wondering why they didn't think of it before. Of course, for this to work, there has to be enough people desperate enough to take up the positions, but it doesn't seem like there is a shortage. Good luck getting any sort of credit short of a payday loan.

But if we leave the EU we will lose all those "employment rights " ..some people realy need to wake up to the real world some people have to live in 

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4 hours ago, interestrateripoff said:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2016/nov/17/day-in-the-life-of-a-care-worker-zero-hours-contracts

So that equates to about £2.81 per visit and if you ignore travel that would equate to around 30 minutes per visit, however if you add travel perhaps 15 to 20 minutes per visit.  So poor quality care and very poor pay, especially if you add in breaks and lunch.

Then you wonder what these people are being charged for this service.  It's at the stage where the care workers should run the business themselves.

...slavery ..where is the law.....?....and what about the customer.......?.....the plot is lost.....:rolleyes:

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Not worth working. If it were me I'd be letting them fire me left right and centre and make do on the dole. Go off grid. Whatever. That's not a proper job with any kind of management I'd want to be associated with.

 

 

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16 minutes ago, cashinmattress said:

Care homes run you (or the state) about £800/pw and most of the folk working in them are on national minimum.

It's a business. A very, very expensive and profitable one.

You would think that, but why are care homes not opening up everywhere? Why are there more reports of them in short supply and even closing down?

I have read that they may charge their private residents £800/week, but they are only paid £400/week for local authority financed residents. A complete rip-off of private residents.

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1 hour ago, cashinmattress said:

Care homes run you (or the state) about £800/pw and most of the folk working in them are on national minimum.

It's a business. A very, very expensive and profitable one.

It used to be, a bit.

Its not now as the regulations are phenomenal now. The cash outflow on these business is mind boggling.

It keeps a lot of the people in the LHA employed though.

 

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46 minutes ago, onlooker said:

You would think that, but why are care homes not opening up everywhere?

They will be. Impeding boomer care boom.

The entire boomer generation be (well) into retirement age ca 2025, with millions and millions heading into care not long after.

Simples.

Too bad all that will break the back of Britain along with the USA and much of the west.

Expect some drastic changes in the next decade.

This guy here knows, and warned of it. Britain still has its hands over the ears screaming lalala.

 

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11 hours ago, durhamborn said:

I know a lot of women who work on these.They try to stick to 16/20 hours so they get full tax credits and they take on lots of cash in hand work from the clients.Rather than pay big council fees/agency fees the clients book 15 minutes care a day (make toast and cuppa and make sure tablets taken etc) and the rest they pay the lasses say £10 a day to get their shopping,put them to bed etc.Most of the lasses then end up with £100 wages,£200 tax credits and £100-£200 cash in hand.The clients bypass huge fees and get someone in twice a day helping them out for £70 a week.Everyones happy,apart from the state of course who lose a fortune.Of course the contracts say you cant take private work,but they all ignore them because its easy to jump to another agency if ever caught.

Playing by the rules doesnt work for workers these days,and most people know that.

 

As well as the off the scale cost of tax credits, Brown has also destroyed an concept of more work = more money for a good 50% of the UK population.

The success ofthe US tax credits - which were a proper tax credit - was getting people offwelfare and into work.

The disaster of Browns tax credits - which are free money for pretending! -  is theyve dragged people out of low and medium paid jobs and onto benefits, destroying people grasp of work=money.

Its going to take a generation and a lot of poverty to reverse.

Trust me, Brown's reputation will sink even lower as time moves ahead.

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The problem I see with the zero hours contracts is the exclusivity that the employers have. If you were a bit of a budding entrepreneur or liked the flexibility of working for different people depending where the work is or whatever, then several of these contracts might make sense. However, we seem to be allowing employers to write these contracts such that there's no obligation for them to provide any work and no allowance for the employee to work elsewhere. That's what's screwing people over.

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19 minutes ago, cashinmattress said:

They will be. Impeding boomer care boom.

Kind of. There will be a boom in boomer care booming, but the providers of care will not be your average small to medium sized care home that currently makes up a large proportion of the market. These guys are going out of business (not profitable) with the larger care groups mopping up (four seasons, barchester, hc-one, bupa etc.).

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36200855

Boom.

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Cooking, making beds and tidying up is unskilled labour. What does Jean expect for doing work that anyone can do?

And if Jean took some initiative and started her own aged care business, I'm sure she'd be doing quite well. 

She's a slave of her own free will.

 

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On 18/11/2016 at 0:25 PM, frederico said:

And labour Britain and lib dem Britain and just about anyone else you're going to get a chance to vote for.

I'm a nurse..... and believe me it was an awful lot better under Labour....

 

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39 minutes ago, headmelter said:

I'm a nurse..... and believe me it was an awful lot better under Labour....

 

Yes but it wasn't sustainable and I really don't like wars

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