Commenting on the government’s announcement of additional support for social care providers, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This announcement is a huge blow for low-paid workers. Each year, care workers are collectively cheated of £130m in wages, but this outrageous state of affairs has failed to prompt any meaningful reaction from the government.
“Now ministers see fit to cave in for employers, many of whom have been ruthlessly exploiting care workers for years.
“There is nothing in the government’s plans that sets out how ministers will ensure care staff get the money they are owed.
“It sends out a message to care workers that they are of little value.”