Better pay for care workers: up-front costs but long-term gains

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Childcare & Families

There is growing realisation that the race to the bottom in working conditions is becoming a barrier to quality in social care. Low pay, at times below the minimum wage, and unenviable terms are unlikely to deliver the sustainable long-term care system that our ageing society requires. While many accept this, so far we have … Continued

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Back to work? Not if you’re an older carer

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Work & Security

This blog originally appeared on Public Finance The government’s ambition to extend working lives is coming into direct conflict with the extra caring responsibilities imposed on middle-aged people Last night’s BBC One programme, The Town That Never Retired, sent 70-year-olds back to work. Some fell back in love with work, while others found themselves unable to do … Continued

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Dilnot survives the Russian front… for now

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Childcare & Families

Social care is a minefield for politicians – and the Dilnot report offers no easy option for the government or the opposition. “One of the three Russian fronts of Whitehall”. That’s how a very senior Whitehall mandarin described social care to me over a decade ago. Alongside housing benefit and local government finance, social care … Continued

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The long-term problem for “generation rent”

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Housing

We need to stop relying on home-ownership as the only way to build wealth if we’re to have an adequate social care system.It’s been a bad few weeks for social care. First the faltering of Southern Cross, then Panorama’s revelations about abuse at residential homes. Now, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission reveals shocking levels … Continued

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