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Carer: Low pay leading to 'scandalous' care

Britain's biggest trade union, Unison, has accused councils in England and Wales of failing to ensure home care workers earn the national minimum wage for all the hours involved in their work.

Responses to a Freedom of Information request indicate that only six per cent of local authorities insist care providers pay carers for the time they spend travelling between appointments.

The Today programme's Zoe Conway spoke to one carer, who wishes to remain anonymous, who says that low pay is leading to "scandalous" care, and who explained how she gets paid.

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Wednesday 29 October.

  • 29 Oct 2014
  • From the section UK