Providers are coming under increasing pressure from councils and other contracting authorities to pay staff the Living Wage (currently £7.85). Whilst some councils have raised contract values or hourly rates accordingly, others have not, and there is growing concern that providers are expected in some cases to bear the full cost of becoming a Living Wage employer which, for many, is not achievable within existing funding limits. CCPS is working to highlight the issues for providers with Scottish Government, COSLA and others, and has also published a briefing document for providers setting out key information and exploring the issues.
The briefing provides information to care and support providers about the Living Wage and accreditation with the Living Wage Foundation. It also offers pointers to providers when responding to tenders or other service opportunities where Living Wage is a factor.