Charities call for action on sleep-in pay demands

Representatives of approximately half of all organisations who provide care services to people with learning disabilities in the UK have written to the Chair of the Charity Commission asking her to take action on the sleep-in crisis.

Some 34 organisations have signed the letter to Baroness Stowell including the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, Learning Disability Voices, and Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG), which supports more than one million disabled people in the UK.

The signatories have asked Baroness Stowell to raise the issue urgently with Government as a matter of public interest.

They explain that many providers of care services in the UK are registered charities; money donated by the public may have to be used to cover the costs of the sleep-in back pay bill – rather than on delivering care – if government assistance is not immediately forthcoming.

The sleep-in back pay bill is an unexpected additional cost to the care sector, hitting learning disability charities the hardest, and is estimated to be at £400 million for the whole of the UK.

Tim Cooper, co-chair of Learning Disability Voices said: “If our underfunded social care charities are forced to pay for sleep-in back pay bill, this will be tantamount to charities funding essential government services. In the underfunded care sector this is scandalous.”  

The letter to the Charity Commission follows a survey of the UK care sector,  which revealed that the viability of nearly 70% of the care sector is threatened by the sleep-in pay crisis. 

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