Pioneering care home entrepreneur says Living Wage will be a disaster for Scotland

Professor Charles Skene, OBE, has said that the looming National Living Wage will be a disaster for the care home industry in Scotland.

In an exclusive interview with Care Home Professional, the serial entrepreneur and owner of Inchmarlo Retirement Village and Care Home (above), hinted that operators like his would be forced to close homes at a time when more and more beds are required.

“I was speaking to [Scottish First Minister] Nicola Sturgeon earlier this week about the fact that the squeeze on local authority funding and the imposition of the National Living Wage will cause a crisis,” he said.

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Professor Skene has been investing in care homes, hotels, serviced apartments and serviced offices in Scotland for more than 50 years, but sold three care homes recently as he foresaw the looming funding crisis.

Asked whether he would consider adding to the Inchmarlo estate, which includes a retirement village, continuing care and a care home, the 81-year old replied: “Probably not”.

Inchmarlo in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. It is considered the first retirement village and care home complex ever to open in Scotland.

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