On 26th July 2017 the Government announced a set of special measures regarding the National Minimum Wage and sleep in shifts in the social care sector, including to halt HMRC enforcement, until 2nd October. This was to allow them to gather and analyse the potential back pay liability, and understand the potential impact on the sustainability of services and people who access support with a view to developing the required solutions to the looming sleep in crisis.

As you will be aware, during this period we have been working in collaboration with other umbrella organisations and large providers to support the collection and collation of data from all our members.  Our working group has also written to Ministers and communicated with the Department of Health and other government officials throughout this process, by email and in person.

Yesterday the Government reinforced its commitment to the sector and announced a further one-month suspension of HM Revenue and Customs enforcement activity concerning payment of “sleep-in” shifts by social care providers to allow the Government to explore the options to minimise impact.

For your ease, both announcements (the latest and previous) are available to download below and can also be found using this link https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-extends-suspension-of-minimum-wage-enforcement-in-the-social-care-sector

ARC will continue to represent you through the working group and to provide a unified sector response to this. As always we will keep you updated with further developments.


29 September 2017