Social care
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Labour market
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Low pay
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Pay
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Minimum wage

Rising to the challenge: early evidence on the introduction of the National Living Wage in the social care sector

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While broadly welcomed by business, the introduction of the National Living Wage (NLW) – the new higher minimum wage for workers aged 25 and over – has sparked some concerns about affordability and prompted discussions around likely employment responses – especially in lower-paying sectors where the wage increase is set to bite hardest. It will … Continued

Social care
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Pay
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Living Wage

As if we cared: the costs and benefits of a living wage for social care workers

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This report is the culmination of a year-long investigation into pay and conditions in social care, and the first authoritative study of the costs and benefits of moving to a living wage for all care workers. The report argues that pervasive low pay across the sector and tight budget constraints facing care providers means that paying … Continued

Social care
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Low pay
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Pay
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Minimum wage

The scale of minimum wage underpayment in social care

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There is increasing recognition that a better deal for the workforce will be essential to the quality and sustainability of social care provision in the UK, but so far there has been scant evidence as to the scale of investment needed. The Resolution Foundation is currently undertaking a major investigation into the costs of improving … Continued

Social care

Facilitating Increases in Long-Term Care Funding

This report examines long-term care funding from the perspective of low earners. It considers the appropriateness of a variety of options for accumulating low earners and decumulating low earners, stressing the need for immediate corrective action alongside a long-term national funding settlement.

Social care

Innovation and Efficiency in Long-Term Care

This report identifies the factors which hinder care providers from carrying out strategic innovation to deliver personalised and cost effective care services. We also outline a number of options to overcome obstacles to innovation and to positively create a market environment which fosters innovative practice.

Social care

Navigating Care

Older people and families often find the care system very hard to navigate due to its complexity and their low awareness of, and difficulty in, accessing information and advice. This paper identifies what older people and their families need to navigate the care system, and how they would prefer to receive this help.

Social care

Shaping Care Markets

This paper describes the important concept of ‘market shaping’ within the context of care for older people. It draws from current local authority good practice to identify a variety of tools that can be used to shape local markets, and could potentially be used by any market shapers of the future.

Social care

The care crunch

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The Foundation’s briefing on Redesigning the Architecture of Social Care outlines the components of our current research program and details the key themes which emerged from our Expert Groups.

Social care

Lost: low earners and the elderly care market

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Lost: low earners and the elderly care market is our first piece of research in a programme of work which addresses social care for older people and explores elderly care through the eyes of low earners. This report looks at how low earners fare in the elderly care system from a variety of perspectives and outlines … Continued

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