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Many carers paid less than minimum wage - report finds

Some care workers are being paid less than the minimum wage because they are only paid for the time they spend at a person's house - according to a report obtained by BBC Radio 5 live.

A study by Dr Shereen Hussein, a senior research fellow at King's College London, revealed that the situation affected up to 124,000 care workers.

Carer for Allied Healthcare, Rochelle Monte told BBC Radio 5 live Investigates: "Because I'm on the minimum wage now, losing 5 hours a week... means I'm getting paid less than the minimum wage - which is against the law."

Darryn Gibson, Chief Executive of Allied Healthcare, said that they could not comment on individual cases, but insisted that travel time was included in rates - although how this works varies. He added that the company are reviewing the situation.

  • 25 Nov 2013
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