What price care?

There have been a couple of interesting articles in the UK this week about paying and motivating care staff. An article in Community Care this week highlighted that many UK care providers are not paying employees properly:

http://www.communitycare.co.uk/articles/31/05/2013/119218/investigation-into-90-large-care-providers-finds-many-are-flouting-pay-laws.htm

This of course goes to the heart of valuing care and carers, notions of care as a commodity, and considerations about under-funded care services and underpaid staff.

Another article in The Guardian this week, suggested employee ownership of care organisations is the way forward:

http://socialenterprise.guardian.co.uk/social-enterprise-network/2013/may/31/employee-ownership-social-care

The staff, some of whom only work a day a week all have a personal financial ownership of the care organisation they work for. It’s an interesting idea. Is social enterprise really the solution to care’s woes? Or is it just another form of marketisation of care and is something more radical required?

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