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29th November 2016

Minister publishes results of domiciliary care consultation

Minister for social services and public health Rebecca Evans has published the long-awaited results of the consultation into domiciliary care staffing.

The consultation, which included a range of proposals under the title Domiciliary Care Workforce – Improving the Recruitment and Retention of Domiciliary Care Workers in Wales, was launched in September 2015 and has attracted 108 responses from stakeholders. Proposals consulted on included matters relating to zero hours contracts, compliance with the national minimum wage, travel time, call clipping and length of calls, career structure, development and training, occupational status and health and safety.

The minister said: "The Welsh Government recognises social care as a strategically important sector. Within that, the domiciliary workforce plays a crucial role in helping people stay at home and maintain their independence for as long as possible.

"I have asked the Care Council for Wales to consider and use this report in the development of their five-year strategy for domiciliary care in Wales. This work, commissioned by the Welsh Government, will deliver a sector-led plan for improvement in social care and is due to report to me shortly."

For more information and to see the results of the consultation, go to the Welsh Government website.

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