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Use of the Real living Wage figure for assessing and agreeing the rates paid for Social Care commissioned and provided by the Private and Charitable sectors

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Dear Wirral Borough Council

Re: Wirral Council Social Value Approach Guidance and the use of the Real living Wage figure for assessing and agreeing the rates paid for Social Care commissioned and provided by the Private and Charitable sectors

Section 1.4 of the guidance document states: In accordance with the Raising living standards, pay all directly employed staff the Living Wage and wherever possible make a contractual requirement for those who deliver services on behalf of the Council. The Council is committed to and pays the ‘Real’ Living Wage for all employees and Apprentices.

The need to apply this figure has been assessed as being independently-calculated each year by the Living Wage Foundation, and is based on what employees and their families need to live, as compared with the lower rate National Living Wage which was introduced by Government in April 2016.

Can you please confirm that this is the figure which is being used to calculate the amount that the Council will pay for private and charitable organisations commissioned to provide social care on their behalf, and if not why not?

Kind regards

Steve Field

Dear Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council,

Please can you respond to the original request promptly.

Yours faithfully,

Steve Field

InfoMgr, FinDMT, Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Paul Kumar

 

Thank you for your freedom of information request which you sent to Wirral
Borough Council.  We apologise for the slight delay in response to your
enquiry

 

The detail of your request and the response is set out below. 

 

 

“Re: Wirral Council Social Value Approach Guidance and the use of the Real
living Wage figure for assessing and agreeing the rates paid for Social
Care commissioned and provided by the Private and Charitable sectors

 

Section 1.4 of the guidance document states: In accordance with the
Raising living standards, pay all directly employed staff the Living Wage
and wherever possible make a contractual requirement for those who deliver
services on behalf of the Council. The Council is committed to and pays
the ‘Real’ Living Wage for all employees and Apprentices.

 

The need to apply this figure has been assessed as being
independently-calculated each year by the Living Wage Foundation, and is
based on what employees and their families need to live, as compared with
the lower rate National Living Wage which was introduced by Government in
April 2016.

 

Can you please confirm that this is the figure which is being used to
calculate the amount that the Council will pay for private and charitable
organisations commissioned to provide social care on their behalf, and if
not why not?”

 

 

Response:

The Council’s framework fee rates for social care are calculated with due
regard to providers’ actual costs of care.  They satisfy the Council’s
statutory duty under the Care Act 2014 to pay providers sufficient to meet
their own obligations to meet the National Living Wage.

 

 

Thank you for your enquiry we trust this information is of assistance to
you.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Tracy O'Hare

Information Management Officer

Business Management

Treasury Building

Argyle Street

Birkenhead
Wirral
CH41 1AH

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