Paying the Living Wage to adult care workers in the private sector

Ally Tibbitt made this Freedom of Information request to Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Aberdeen City Council,

The Scottish Government and COSLA made a joint agreement to ensure that adult care workers were paid the Living Wage, even if they work in the private sector.

https://news.gov.scot/news/living-wage-f...

1. Please list all the care providers, in all sectors, that the council currently purchases adult care services from.

2. Additionally, please could you supply me with any information held by the council that confirms the minimum rate of pay provided to care workers by each adult care supplier paid by the council.

3. Where a care provider which is receiving payment from the council is not currently paying its workers the Living Wage please supply me with copies of all relevant correspondence between the provider and the council that references this issue.

4. Lastly please provide me with copies of any correspondence between the council and the Scottish Government or COSLA that relates to the implementation of the Living Wage pledge.

This may include extracts of tender documentation, tender documentation assessment notes, meeting records, emails or other reports or surveys undertaken and produced by council staff.

I would like to receive any response to this FOI in electronic form, to this email address.

Yours faithfully,

Ally Tibbitt

Foi Enquiries, Aberdeen City Council

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Dear Mr Tibbitt,

 

Information enquiry reference FOI-17-0771.

 

Thank you for your recent request for information, which we received on 30
May 2017.   

 

The scheduled date for our response to your request for information is on
or before 27 June 2017.

 

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any queries in the
meantime.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Gail Halfyard

 

 

Information Compliance Team
Communications and Promotion
Office of Chief Executive
Aberdeen City Council
3rd Floor North

Business Hub 17
Marischal College
Broad Street
ABERDEEN AB10 1AQ

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Dear Mr Tibbitt,

 

Thank you for your information request of 29 May 2017.  Aberdeen City
Council (ACC) has completed the necessary search for the information
requested.

 

The Scottish Government and COSLA made a joint agreement to ensure that
adult care workers were paid the Living Wage, even if they work in the
private sector.

 

[1]https://news.gov.scot/news/living-wage-f...

 

1. Please list all the care providers, in all sectors, that the council
currently purchases adult care services from. 

Please refer to the attached list, FOI-17-0771 – City Providers.

 

2. Additionally, please could you supply me with any information held by
the council that confirms the minimum rate of pay provided to care workers
by each adult care supplier paid by the council.

The Council does not hold this information.  

 

The only information the Council holds is the overall rate that is paid to
the Provider for the service delivered which will include Provider
overheads and other costs.   The rates could be quarterly, monthly, weekly
or hourly for block funded or spot purchased contracts.  

 

ACC is unable to provide you with information that confirms the minimum
rate of pay provided to care workers by each adult care supplier paid by
the council as it is not held by ACC.  In order to comply with its
obligations under the terms of Section 17 of the FOISA, ACC hereby gives
notice that this information is not held by it. 

 

3. Where a care provider which is receiving payment from the council is
not currently paying its workers the Living Wage please supply me with
copies of all relevant correspondence between the provider and the council
that references this issue. 

There is no correspondence between the Council and Providers specifically
in relation to non-payment of the Living Wage.

 

ACC is unable to provide you with information on copies of all relevant
correspondence between the provider and the council where a care provider
which is receiving payment from the council is not currently paying its
workers the Living Wage as it is not held by ACC.  In order to comply with
its obligations under the terms of Section 17 of the FOISA, ACC hereby
gives notice that this information is not held by it. 

 

4. Lastly please provide me with copies of any correspondence between the
council and the Scottish Government or COSLA that relates to the
implementation of the Living Wage pledge.

The Council has not corresponded with the Scottish Government or COSLA in
relation to the implementation of the Living Wage pledge.

 

ACC is unable to provide you with information on copies of any
correspondence between the council and the Scottish Government or COSLA
that relates to the implementation of the Living Wage pledge as it is not
held by ACC.  In order to comply with its obligations under the terms of
Section 17 of the FOISA, ACC hereby gives notice that this information is
not held by it. 

 

We hope this helps with your request.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Grant Webster

Information Compliance Officer

 

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ACC handled your request for information in accordance with the provisions
of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002. Please refer to the
attached PDF for more information about your rights under FOISA.

 

 

Information Compliance Team
Communications and Promotion
Office of Chief Executive
Aberdeen City Council
3rd Floor North

Business Hub 17
Marischal College
Broad Street
ABERDEEN AB10 1AQ

[2][Aberdeen City Council request email]

Tel 03000 200 292

 

*03000 numbers are free to call if you have ‘free minutes’ included in
your mobile call plan.

Calls from BT landlines will be charged at the local call rate of 10.24p
per minute (the same as 01224s).

[3]www.aberdeencity.gov.uk

 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This e-mail (including any attachment to it) is
confidential, protected by copyright and may be privileged. The
information contained in it should be used for its intended purposes only.
If you receive this email in error, notify the sender by reply email,
delete the received email and do not make use of, disclose or copy it.
Whilst we take reasonable precautions to ensure that our emails are free
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