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Bonkers Blog June 2013

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14 June (Part 1) - You read it here first

Chris TaylorBexley council is content to allow its care workers to be paid less than the minimum wage. It turns a blind eye to staff not being paid for travelling between jobs. It is illegal but when did the law ever stop Bexley council? It was reported here in some detail in April and the man to blame is councillor Chris Taylor.

Yesterday afternoon The Guardian newspaper covered the same ground. It has quoted HMRC who confirm that the payment practice does not “cover the working period from a national minimum wage point of view”. So Bexley council is implicated in yet another criminal act.

From observing care facilities provided to a disabled friend I noted that most visiting carers stayed for just a minute or two over a multiple of 15 minutes and then left in a great hurry. They conceded that they are paid in 15 minute segments or part thereof so a 31 minute session provides 14 minutes of paid travelling time. When your working conditions are so appalling, working the system is the only way to survive. Chris Taylor was paid £22,309 last year for master-minding Bexley’s illegal scheme which is at least 50% more than the most industrious care worker can expect to receive. He works just a few voluntary hours a week


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