Living Wage: The Cost to Care

September 7th, 2015 By Lisa Bainbridge
Nurse holding hands with elderly lady

After years of hard work, carers are finally set to receive the living wage. Thousands of dedicated carers throughout the country are being paid less than the national minimum wage so this change is beneficial to many. However, unless the government funding is in place, the cost of care will be potentially unsustainable for a number of providers in the sector. More information on the living wage is available here.

The implementation of the national living wage is set to be problematic for care homes. Care staff account for 60% of the cost of care, with the cost rising to 80% for more complex caregivers. If the government does not fund the national living wage for carers, care providers will find it difficult to meet the increased costs when they still receive inadequate funding levels from local authorities. The living wage plan is set to cost the care sector £1 billion by 2020, these drastic costs could result in the closure of hundreds of care homes leaving the elderly without their homes and the care they depend upon. The rising costs alongside deficient levels of government funding mean efforts will need to be made within the care industry to cut costs.

The last thing we at Beaucare want to see is the loss of valuable care providers, so let us help. We can assist in the review of your care home spend on medical and disposable products and save you money that needs to be spent elsewhere. Let the sales team at Beaucare review your budget requirements. By sending us your current supplier invoices we are able to review your spend and offer the best price comparisons. For further details on how we can help you feel free to call us on 01423 873666 or email us at