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star this property date less than 2014-09-12more like thismore than 2014-09-12
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills remove filter
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
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star this property hansard heading Home Care Services: Pay more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps he is taking to tackle non-payment of the national minimum wage in the home care sector; and what assessment he has made of the accuracy of the estimate of the numbers not in receipt of the national minimum wage in paragraph 2.20 of the National Audit Office report, Adult social care in England: overview, HC 1102. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 209189 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-10-13more like thismore than 2014-10-13
star this property answer text <p>The Government is committed to increasing compliance with minimum wage legislation and the effective enforcement of it. Everyone who is entitled to the minimum wage should receive it.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has collaborated with care sector representative bodies to improve understanding of compliance risks and design controls within payroll systems that prevent workers being underpaid the minimum wage, in order to improve compliance.</p><p> </p><p>Guidance on Gov.uk has been updated to make it as clear as possible that travel time and rest breaks between assignments must be paid at least the national minimum wage (NMW).</p><p> </p><p>In addition, the Government will continue to work with the sector to ensure that understanding improves. This will include the Department of Health’s statutory guidance as part of the overall guidance on market shaping and commissioning the final version of which will be published in Autumn 2014.</p><p> </p><p>We have considered the National Audit Office report and note that their estimates come from a self-reported survey of care workers. Examination of surveys of individuals (such as the Labour Force Survey) find that some people tend to report longer working hours and a lower hourly rate compared to those reported by employers who pay the minimum wage.</p><p> </p><p>The current best estimate of non-compliance is derived from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE)[1]. The Low Pay Commission[2] published the proportion of jobs held by those aged 22 and over, paid below the NMW by sector. Figures show that non-compliance is relatively low in social care (0.8%) compared with other sectors. This is generally in line with non-compliance in the whole economy.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>This estimate, as well as all estimates of non-compliance, has some limitations. However, there are no reasons to suppose that these limitations affect the social care sector more or less than the econom<ins class="ministerial">y</ins> <ins class="ministerial">as a whole.</ins></p><p> </p><p>[1] ASHE is a survey of employees completed by employers which we can use to look at workers earning at or below the NMW rate.</p><p>[2]<a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/288841/The_National_Minimum_Wage_LPC_Report_2014.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/288841/The_National_Minimum_Wage_LPC_Report_2014.pdf</a></p><p> </p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
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less than 2014-10-13T14:26:37.067Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-13T14:26:37.067Z
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less than 2014-10-13T15:49:32.4428772Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-13T15:49:32.4428772Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
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star this property answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alex Cunningham remove filter
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star this property date less than 2014-10-24more like thismore than 2014-10-24
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills remove filter
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Services: Pay more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of HM Revenue and Customs launching pro-active investigations into the non-payment of the national minimum wage. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 211865 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-11-03more like thismore than 2014-11-03
star this property answer text <p>The Government has not undertaken a formal assessment of the merits of pro-active investigations but believes they are an important part of enforcement.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>HMRC published findings from their targeted social care evaluation on 25 November 2013. Over the period 1 April 2011 to 31 March 2013, HMRC had made enquiries into 224 employers in the social care sector. Of the cases completed by the end of September 2014, HMRC have found non-compliance in 108 (48%) of their enquiries, identifying £1,319,729 arrears of pay for 6,550 workers, with penalties issued with a total value of £146,931.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>As part of this targeted enforcement activity, HMRC have collaborated with care sector representative bodies to improve understanding of compliance risks and design controls within payroll systems that prevent workers being underpaid the minimum wage.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Department of Health has recently published statutory guidance for local authorities as part of the package of secondary legislation that accompanies the Care Act. The chapter of statutory guidance on commissioning and market shaping explicitly states that local authorities should have evidence that contract terms, conditions and fee levels will not compromise care providers’ ability to pay at least minimum wages. A copy of the guidance can be found at <a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/care-act-2014-statutory-guidance-for-implementation" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/care-act-2014-statutory-guidance-for-implementation</a></p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Department of Health is asking all Local Authorities to sign up to the Social Care Commitment which incorporates a statement about employer compliance with minimum wage legislation. The Association of Directors of Adult Social Services has written out to all its members encouraging them to support the Commitment as a way of raising standards in adult social care.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We regularly update our Guidance on Gov.UK and we will continue to work with the sector to improve understanding and compliance.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Any worker who believes that they are being paid below the minimum wage should call the Pay &amp; Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368. HM Revenue &amp; Customs investigate all complaints.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
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less than 2014-11-03T11:47:07.1944946Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-03T11:47:07.1944946Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Alex Cunningham remove filter
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star this property date less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills remove filter
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Home Care Services: Pay more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department has taken to take account of the omission of (a) some workers paid below the lower earnings limit and (b) unpaid travel time from the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings when using that survey to estimate non-payment of the national minimum wage among homecare workers. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 212198 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-11-05more like thismore than 2014-11-05
star this property answer text <p>The Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE) is an employer based pay survey and provides the most accurate information available from which we can derive non-compliance estimates. Estimates are based on a sample from pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) data and may not include some workers earning below the lower earnings limit. However, following the introduction of Real Time Information, ASHE now includes the majority of those earning below the lower earnings limit.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The HMRC paper “National Minimum Wage compliance in the social care sector” (November 2013) looked at, amongst other things, the issue of unpaid travel time in compliance. It found that unpaid travel time was not the main cause of non-compliance in the sector.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>We take non-compliance in the care sector very seriously, and to proactively tackle non-compliance HMRC have collaborated with care sector representative bodies to improve understanding of compliance risks and design controls within payroll systems that prevent workers being underpaid the minimum wage.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>The Government is committed to increasing compliance with minimum wage legislation and effective enforcement of it. Everyone who is entitled to the minimum wage should receive it. Individuals should contact the Pay and Work Rights Helpline on 0800 917 2368. HMRC investigates every complaint made.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
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less than 2014-11-05T15:11:25.9412637Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-05T15:11:25.9412637Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-10-30more like thismore than 2014-10-30
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills remove filter
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Students: Plagiarism more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the number of higher education students purchasing assignment writing services. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 212580 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-11-10more like thismore than 2014-11-10
star this property answer text <p>This is an issue which the Higher Education sector takes very seriously and where institutions have clear policies in place.</p><p>Institutions are supported in this area by the work of Plagiarism Advice (<a href="http://www.plagiarismadvice.org/" target="_blank">www.plagiarismadvice.org</a>) which was established to address concerns about plagiarism and the authenticity of student work. The sanctions that universities are able to apply to students who attempt to pass off work as their own, when it is not, are serious and significant.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Tunbridge Wells more like this
star this property answering member printed Greg Clark more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 212825 more like this
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less than 2014-11-10T14:09:25.6237806Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-10T14:09:25.6237806Z
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star this property label Biography information for Greg Clark more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-10-31more like thismore than 2014-10-31
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills remove filter
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Students: Plagiarism more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what steps his Department has (a) considered and (b) taken to ensure that businesses advertising assignment writing services clearly state the potential ramifications for students of portraying such materials as their own work. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 212825 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-11-10more like thismore than 2014-11-10
star this property answer text <p>This is an issue which the Higher Education sector takes very seriously and where institutions have clear policies in place.</p><p>Institutions are supported in this area by the work of Plagiarism Advice (<a href="http://www.plagiarismadvice.org/" target="_blank">www.plagiarismadvice.org</a>) which was established to address concerns about plagiarism and the authenticity of student work. The sanctions that universities are able to apply to students who attempt to pass off work as their own, when it is not, are serious and significant.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Tunbridge Wells more like this
star this property answering member printed Greg Clark more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 212580 more like this
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less than 2014-11-10T14:09:25.7588637Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-10T14:09:25.7588637Z
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star this property label Biography information for Greg Clark more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-11-05more like thismore than 2014-11-05
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills remove filter
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Students: Plagiarism more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will bring forward proposals to prohibit businesses advertising assignment-writing services to higher education students; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 213634 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2014-11-19more like thismore than 2014-11-19
star this property answer text <p>I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 10 November 2014 to Question UIN <a href="http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2014-10-30/212580/" target="_blank">212580</a> and <a href="http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/written-questions-answers-statements/written-question/Commons/2014-10-31/212825/" target="_blank">212825</a>.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Tunbridge Wells more like this
star this property answering member printed Greg Clark more like this
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less than 2014-11-19T16:01:18.767Zmore like thismore than 2014-11-19T16:01:18.767Z
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star this property label Biography information for Greg Clark more like this
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star this property date less than 2014-12-12more like thismore than 2014-12-12
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills remove filter
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star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Local Enterprise Partnerships: Further Education more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to his speech of 3 July 2013 to the Local Government Association, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the three pilot schemes on closer partnerships between local enterprise partnerships and further education colleges in helping people acquire the skills required to get local jobs. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 218559 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-01-05more like thismore than 2015-01-05
star this property answer text <p>The three pilots areas are the North East, Stoke and Staffordshire, and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnerships. Each area has developed their own bespoke approach to implementing the pilot in line with ensuring responsiveness to local priorities and the local relationships between stakeholders and skills providers. The pilots are in their first year of operation and it is too soon to draw conclusions about their effectiveness. Early indications, however, are that the pilots have promoted a more effective dialogue between business and providers in the different areas, with a greater shared understanding of the skills provision needed to support future economic growth.</p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Grantham and Stamford more like this
star this property answering member printed Nick Boles more like this
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less than 2015-01-05T10:41:08.06Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-05T10:41:08.06Z
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star this property label Biography information for Nick Boles more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-01-12more like thismore than 2015-01-12
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills remove filter
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Services: Minimum Wage more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, if he will instruct HM Revenue and Customs to investigate non-compliance with the national minimum wage in the care sector. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 220434 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-01-16more like thismore than 2015-01-16
star this property answer text <p>The Government will name all employers that do not comply with National Minimum Wage regulations unless they meet one of the exceptional circumstances or have arrears of £100 or less.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has named 92 employers, including a care provider. Between them they owed workers a total of over £316,000 in arrears and have been charged financial penalties totalling over £111,000.</p><p> </p><p>Social care cases tend to be more complex than other cases so it can take longer for them to progress through the enforcement and naming process. We will continue to name and shame employers, including those operating in the care sector.</p><p> </p><p>Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are undertaking targeted enforcement work in the care sector, building on previous work that successfully identified non-compliant businesses. Between 2011 and 2013, HMRC investigated 224 employers in the care sector. Just over half of these were found to be non-compliant – between them owing £1,319,729 arrears of pay to 6,550 workers, with penalties issued with a total value of £146,931. There are 94 investigations currently underway in the care sector.</p><p> </p><p>In addition to this enforcement activity, we continue to do other work to improve minimum wage compliance in the care sector – to provide guidance to employers so that they understand the law, including tips about the most common mistakes and the records they need to keep to prove they are paying their staff correctly. We also encourage and support care sector workers who have been underpaid to make a complaint, using the free and confidential Pay and Work Rights Helpline. Any worker who is concerned that they have not received what they are entitled to should call the helpline on 0800 917 2368. HMRC follow up every complaint.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 220433 more like this
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less than 2015-01-16T15:48:13.357Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-16T15:48:13.357Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-01-12more like thismore than 2015-01-12
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Department for Business, Innovation and Skills remove filter
star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Social Services: Minimum Wage more like this
star this property house id 1 more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, with reference to the statement by his Department to the Today programme on 7 January 2015, what steps his Department is taking to name and shame care providers who do not pay the national minimum wage. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 220433 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-01-16more like thismore than 2015-01-16
star this property answer text <p>The Government will name all employers that do not comply with National Minimum Wage regulations unless they meet one of the exceptional circumstances or have arrears of £100 or less.</p><p> </p><p>The Government has named 92 employers, including a care provider. Between them they owed workers a total of over £316,000 in arrears and have been charged financial penalties totalling over £111,000.</p><p> </p><p>Social care cases tend to be more complex than other cases so it can take longer for them to progress through the enforcement and naming process. We will continue to name and shame employers, including those operating in the care sector.</p><p> </p><p>Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC) are undertaking targeted enforcement work in the care sector, building on previous work that successfully identified non-compliant businesses. Between 2011 and 2013, HMRC investigated 224 employers in the care sector. Just over half of these were found to be non-compliant – between them owing £1,319,729 arrears of pay to 6,550 workers, with penalties issued with a total value of £146,931. There are 94 investigations currently underway in the care sector.</p><p> </p><p>In addition to this enforcement activity, we continue to do other work to improve minimum wage compliance in the care sector – to provide guidance to employers so that they understand the law, including tips about the most common mistakes and the records they need to keep to prove they are paying their staff correctly. We also encourage and support care sector workers who have been underpaid to make a complaint, using the free and confidential Pay and Work Rights Helpline. Any worker who is concerned that they have not received what they are entitled to should call the helpline on 0800 917 2368. HMRC follow up every complaint.</p><p> </p>
star this property answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
star this property grouped question UIN 220434 more like this
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less than 2015-01-16T15:48:13.657Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-16T15:48:13.657Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
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star this property date less than 2015-01-26more like thismore than 2015-01-26
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star this property answering dept id 26 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Business, Innovation and Skills more like this
star this property hansard heading Offshore Industry more like this
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, what employment protections exist for staff in the offshore oil and gas sector in the event of an employer seeking to replace them with non-UK based workers on lower rates of pay. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Stockton North more like this
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Alex Cunningham more like this
star this property uin 221933 more like this
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unstar this property date of answer less than 2015-01-29more like thismore than 2015-01-29
star this property answer text <p>A range of employment rights, including protections from unfair dismissal, have been extended to offshore workers over the years. The exact entitlements available to an offshore worker can depend on the nature of their employment and the location of their work.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p><p>However, as the Government has already acknowledged, it is not always easy for individuals to establish their employment status and therefore determine their rights. That is why the employment status review, announced by my Rt hon Friend the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills in October last year, will consider how the current framework and entitlements work, presenting a range of options for Ministers to consider in March</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency East Dunbartonshire more like this
star this property answering member printed Jo Swinson more like this
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less than 2015-01-29T15:36:23.453Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-29T15:36:23.453Z
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star this property label Biography information for Jo Swinson more like this
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