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Enham Direct Spring/Summer 2017 Edition


National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage rates

If you employ Personal Assistants, you are required to pay minimum wage to your staff. The law changed in April 2016 and minimum wage was increased to the below amounts.

Year 

 25 and over 

 21 to 24 

 18 to 20 

 Under 18 

 Apprentice 

October 2016 (current rate) 

£7.20

£6.95

£5.55

£4.00

£3.40

April 2017

£7.50

£7.05

£5.60

£4.05

£3.50

 

If you are not meeting national minimum wage, please contact your funder or your Enham Trust advisor for support to meet national minimum wage.

For further information you can visit www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates


Accommodation rates

For people employing live-in PA’s, the Accommodation offset rates have been set for the new financial year.

Year

Daily accommodation
offset rate

Weekly accommodation
offset rate

October 2016

£6.00

£42.00

April 2017

£6.40

£44.80

 

From April 2017 onwards, this will now be £6.40 per day, or £44.80 per week. No other kind of company benefit (such as food, a car, childcare vouchers) counts towards the minimum wage. This changes is only applicable for PA’s who are provided with accommodation, whilst providing live-in care.

For more information, please visit www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-accommodation/rates.


Changes to Employer National Insurance Contributions

Employer National Insurance contributions have changed slightly from £156 to £157 per week. This means that you only need to pay Employers NI for employees earning more than £157 per week. However, Enham Trust payroll will calculate this for all payroll users.

If you would like to know more information, please contact your advisor or visit www.gov.uk/guidance/rates-and-thresholds-for-employers-2017-to-2018.


Reminder – Holiday entitlement

Almost all workers, including Personal Assistants, are legally entitled to 5.6 weeks paid holiday per year (known as statutory leave entitlement or annual leave). An employer can include bank holidays as part of statutory annual leave.

If your Personal Assistant works part-time they are also entitled to a minimum of 5.6 weeks of paid holiday each year, although this may amount to fewer actual days of paid holiday than a full-time worker would get.


Example:

A worker works 3 days a week. Their leave is calculated by multiplying 3 by 5.6, which comes to 16.8 days of annual paid leave.

Statutory paid holiday entitlement is limited to 28 days. Staff working 6 days a week are only entitled to 28 days paid holiday and not 33.6 days (5.6 multiplied by 6).

It is good employment practise to keep holiday records.  Enham Trust can supply you with a template for this purpose.  If you would like support with holiday entitlement or pay, please contact the Enham Payroll team on 01264 345800.


NEWSFLASH

We have recently been advised that if you employ a Personal Assistant, who looks after your child aged 8 or under for more than 2 hours per week in the Personal Assistant’s OWN home, they need to be registered as a childminder with OFSTED. If this applies to you please contact your local authority for more information.


Skills for Care; Being an employer

You may not think of yourself as an employer but if you employ your own care and support staff (i.e. a PA) using a direct payment, your own money, a personal care or health budget, that’s exactly what you are.

Skills for Care’s employing personal assistants toolkit is the best place to start for any employer. It has sections on recruiting, managing, and training your staff and useful templates you can download and use.For really useful information, and resources to support you as an employer, go to the Skills for Care Information Hub; www.skillsforcare.org.uk/Employing-your-own-care-and-support/Being-an-employer/Being-an-employer.aspx

Skills for Care have produced a short video entitled: ‘Being a personal assistant in social care’. Watch to find out Sue’s story. (Please note; this video has been produced by Skills for Care and is not affiliated with Enham Trust.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8nDdVJgMiHk


Experts by Experience

Experts by Experience are people who have experience of using health and/or social care services or who have experience gained as a family carer of someone who uses the services. An expert will act as part of a CQC inspection team and will help to inspect the above services, talking to users and their family carers and observe the environment around them.  At the end of the inspection they will produce a report which is incorporated in the final CQC rating. All applicants are subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

The areas of expertise that are required are:

  • Dementia/ Family carers of people with dementia.
  • Older people/ Family carers of older people.
  • Learning disability, including dual diagnosis with mental health, and people with autism.
  • Physical/ sensory impairment.
  • Family carers of people with severe learning disabilities/ challenging behaviour.

Enham Trust covers the whole of the South of England, although experts are only asked to travel up to 50 miles from their home.  An expert is paid for 10 hours work for each inspection (1 hour preparation, up to 7 hours for the inspection and 2 hours for completing the report) and you are contracted on a casual basis.  If you feel that you have the right type of experience and would like some more information please call 08451 307 504 or email at expertsbyexperience@enhamtrust.org.uk


Case Study; Robert and Carolyn

For Robert and Carolyn, a couple from Somerset, Enham Trust’s Direct Payments service has bought them closer together and has enabled Robert to gain his first job in 8 years.

Here, Robert tells their story:

“After my wife, Carolyn, was diagnosed with MS, I looked after her completely on my own, I had no help at all from anyone and I was exhausted.

“Both of us were only getting 2 or 3 hours sleep a night, and we had no equipment to help us with things like getting up the stairs.

“I was stressed and anxious; we used to dread bed time! And, after I had a heart attack at the end of July last year, a Social Worker put us in touch with Enham Trust’s Direct Payments service.

 “We really benefit from the service – I know my wife is in safe hands with her PAs whenever I have to go out. Having relief is amazing.

 “It has enabled me to work again. I’ve taken a part time job, which starts soon; something I’d never dreamt of being able to do again.

“We can laugh together, again; we’re enjoying each other, and it means a lot. We love each other.”


Case Study; Harry and Val

For Harry and his Mum Val, Enham Trust’s Direct Payments service has given Harry’s whole family a new lease of life; feeling confident and supported at every turn.

Here, Val tells their story:

“When we moved to Somerset last year, I felt scared and confused regarding Harry’s Direct Payments; due to the lack of support we’d had previously. However, when we arrived in Somerset, Harry’s Social Worker made the connection with Enham Trust, and an initial visit was arranged.

“I was very anxious about that first visit, but when our Enham Trust Advisor came to meet us, they were very patient and explained the organisation’s role; the responsibilities of using self-employed PAs, and how to maintain clear records sufficient to satisfy County requirements for financial returns.

“Before using Enham Trust, the support we had received was inconsistent. Now, we feel supported and informed, thanks to our new Advisor who has been a saviour in a sea of misunderstanding! We have a good relationship; they’re assertive and professional, yet friendly and approachable.

“I would absolutely recommend Enham Trust; the service is fantastic! So much so that I’m volunteering for the organisation, talking to new Direct Payments customers from a ‘user’ perspective."

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