The introduction of a national living wage and its implications on the national minimum wage has been one of the biggest headlines of the Summer Budget 2015 – and one that is causing tremors throughout the healthcare sector.

The announcement that the minimum wage for workers over 25 will rise to £7.20 from April 2016 is likely to hit domiciliary and residential care providers hard, at a time when funding for care is already of serious concern in the healthcare sector.

According to the charity Age UK, government spending on elderly care homes was cut by nearly a fifth between 2010 and 2014…

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