Reacting to the yesterdays announcement that HMRC's stay of retrospective action on sleep ins will be extended for one month, Professor Martin Green, Chief Executive of Care England the largest representative body for independent providers of adult social care says:
We will continue to work with the Government during this extension period with the aim of seeing back pay liability fully funded. However we must see this issue resolved and are disappointed that the Government has not yet made a decision. We also need clarity on the future and how it will be funded. Providers and the people they care for need certainty.
Care England remains deeply concerned about the unresolved threats to the existence of the learning disability sector posed by the retrospective liability and future funding proposals for sleep-ins. It is vital that any decision that Government reaches in relation to funding of sleep-ins being paid at the National Living Wage, takes full account of the reality that the sector has been operating for years within very contradictory guidance; and that there is no blame for providers. In these circumstances it must be right that Government should accept the responsibility for meeting the substantial costs of back dating sleep-in costs up until the date of the announcement on 26th July. None of the additional funding announced for social care in 2017 has been allocated to meet the demand of retrospective liability.
Professor Martin Green continues:
There is a lot of uncertainty in the sector albeit concerning sleep ins or fee rates from local authorities. Clarity is needed in order that providers can plan and deliver high quality care. We all await the Governments long promised Green Paper.