FOI Request Review of Living Wage Pledge
Review of FOI 101001516700
I am writing to request an internal review of Moray Council's handling of my FOI request 'Paying the Living Wage to adult care workers in the private sector'.
I am dissatisfied with the response because it is incomplete. It does not appear credible to me that the Scottish Government would provide additional funds to the council to increase payments to care workers without the council establishing the pay rates currently paid by providers it contracts with or keeping any record on which providers have actually implemented any changes.
Following your request for a review of our response to the FOI you submitted, 101001516700, a review meeting was held at the council offices on June 12th 2017. In attendance were the Records and Heritage Manager, Senior Solicitor, Commissioning and Performance Manager, Principle Accountant, Senior Project Officer and the Information Co-ordinator.
It was discussed and agreed that the original request response was upheld for parts 2 and 3; the information is exempt under Section 17 of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002- Information Not Held. Further explanatory information is available below:
The Scottish Government allocated a sum of money to each Local Authority to support the commitment to pay all care workers in adult social care regardless of age, £8.25 per hour with effect from 1 October 2016.
In order for us to allocate funding in a fair, consistent and transparent way, we developed a cost calculator that we asked providers to complete for each of their contracts with the Moray Council.
The information was checked and providers were contacted for clarification of the figures where required. A contract variation was then sent to providers setting out the increase in contract value.
Moray Council have provided the increase in funding in line with that identified by each social care provider, however, there are no current controls in place to ensure that providers pay the Living Wage. This is due in part to the fact that the increase was so recent, an initial increase in October 2016 to £8.25, was then followed in May to £8.45, this would not yet be auditable. The Scottish Government currently do not require us to perform an audit as part of the funding contract, however, we may look at this as part of the 2018/19 Audit Calendar.