Care home denies not paying living wage

A care home in Cornwall has reacted angrily to being accused by the government of not paying the National Minimum Wage (NMW).

Morleigh Limited-owned Tregertha Court Residential Care Home, in Looe is the only company in Cornwall to feature on a list of businesses the government says are not paying the NMW.

Click here for the full list.

Alison James, manager at the home, told the West Briton: “I got quite angry about that. We pay the national living wage to everybody over 25, we pay the minimum wage to everyone.

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“We pay increments at the weekend and we pay seniors more. We pay anyone over 25 £7.20 and £7.80 at the weekend.

“We pay under 25s £6.70 and £7.20 at the weekends and we pay under 21s £5.30 and £5.80 at the weekends.”

“All the care staff and everyone are all paid by the government guidelines, they all get the National Minimum Wage or above.

“They get paid for their ability and qualifications at what they do and they get paid for all their training.

“I’m at a loss and quite angry about this, it is giving us a bad name we don’t deserve.”

The National Living Wage for workers aged 25 and over was introduced in April this year, which has meant a pay rise of more than £900-a-year for someone previously working full time on the National Minimum Wage.

For workers under the age of 25, the National Minimum Wage still applies.

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