Andrew Gwynne MP, Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, commenting on the Resolution Foundation report on underpayment of the national minimum wage in social care, said:
“This report is right to highlight the scandal of our older people cared for by workers who are exploited and paid less than the minimum wage.
“The poor standard of these jobs is one of the reasons the care sector has become so dependent on cheap migrant labour – many workers don’t know their rights and so don’t speak up.
“That’s why Ed Miliband has called for a doubling of the fines for firms paying less than the National Minimum Wage. Under this Government, not one firm has been successfully prosecuted for breaching it and the number of businesses fined for employing illegal workers has fallen dramatically.
“We will never get the standards of care we need whilst social care remains a malnourished and low-pay business. Looking after someone else’s parents should be the highest calling a young person can answer, not the lowest.”