Plan to curb zero hours contracts in social care

The Welsh government has announced plans to restrict the use of zero hours contracts in the social care sector.

The proposals are as follows:

  • Workers who are on zero hours contracts should be given the option of a minimum hours contract after three months of service if there is a continuing demand for work.
  • Providers should differentiate between travel time and care time when arranging schedules.

This affects those working in the domiciliary care sector – providing care to someone in their own home.

Social Services Minister, Rebecca Evans, said: “While some staff prefer zero hours contracts, valuing the flexibility they can offer, for many the uncertainty and insecurity they pose can have a hugely detrimental impact on their lives. Crucially, the plans we are putting out to consultation today will ensure employees have a choice”.

She continued: “Requiring providers to distinguish clearly between travel time and care time when arranging services will also improve the experience of people needing care. Doing so will help tackle ‘call-clipping’, ensuring people’s care and support time is not eroded by travel time between visits.”

The proposals are now subject to consultation. The consultation will run for eight weeks and end on 7 August 2017.

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