Nearly 10% of care workers are paid illegally low wages, new research by academics at King’s College London has found.
Researchers estimate that up to 200,000 workers in that sector alone are paid below the minimum wage – a figure five times higher than official government estimates which claimed that less than 30,000 workers were paid below the statutory minimum.
Even the top minimum wage rate of £6.08 is not enough to live on.
The KCL study comes alongside news from food charity Fareshare that its donations had increased by over 5,000 a day since 2010.
The picture is a tragic but crystal clear one: the Coalition government’s policies mean poverty and food shortages for thousands of working-class families.