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Commenting on measures announced by the government to temporarily suspend minimum wage enforcement activity for social care sleep-in shift pay, Eamonn Meadows, Associate Director in JLL's Healthcare team, said: "The exceptional measures announced today will be welcomed by care providers who have employed staff on a sleep-in basis historically. The decision to waive historic financial penalties prior to 26 July 2017 will come as a relief to those operators who did not feel the confusing and contradictory policy statements fully took into account the needs of the sector.
"Supported living and residential care settings often rely on sleep-in staff to provide service users with emergency 24 hour support where their conditions demand it. This support needs to be paid for through appropriate funding and for many operators dependent on service users funded by the state fees struggle to keep pace with rising staff costs, particularly following the introduction of the National Living Wage.
"With enforcement activity now on hold until October 2017, the industry will need to work with Government to ensure that ongoing policy will not make social care provision financially unsustainable."