Labour market· Low pay· Pay· Minimum wage Care to pay? Meeting the challenge of paying the National Living Wage in social care 12 November 2015 Laura Gardiner The announcement of the National Living Wage is extremely welcome news for care workers, spelling a pay rise for up to 1 million of them by 2020 and having a significant impact on household budgets. Other recent developments have the potential to spur further improvements for a workforce that is poorly paid and faces casualised and unfavourable working conditions, despite providing a vital service that we or our loved ones will likely depend upon at some point. But these developments come at a cost. The purpose of this briefing is to quantify the costs associated with the introduction of the NLW over the next five years in particular, and assess where the money might come from.