Seventeen care workers have recently submitted a claim in the ET against council contractor Sevacare for its failure to pay the national minimum wage. Since 2010 Sevacare have contracted with local authorities to provide services to 9,600 people across England per week.
Workers of Sevacare contend that because they were not paid for travelling between clients, their pay amounted to £3.27 per hour falling short of the current minimum wage of £7.20 per hour. Sevacare insist that its workers were paid £550 per week which in total, amounts to £7.85 per hour and exceeds the national minimum wage.
The HMRC has announced an investigation into the working practices of the largest care providers.