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Are you loosing out on tax free childcare?

Nannies cardiff south wales bristolThousands of people are potentially missing out on claiming tax free childcare according to a report from HMRC.

Carers who have flexible working hours can struggle with child care over the holiday period and should check to see that they are claiming all the help available to them.
Use Tax-Free Childcare over the summer holidays

The Government is reminding ‘stressed out parents’ that help may be available for childcare costs during the summer holidays. According to a YouGov poll, 31% of parents feel stressed trying to arrange childcare for the school holidays.

The poll, for HMRC, also found that around 30% of parents worried about balancing their job and school holiday childcare. With 54% admitting they look forward to their children returning to school in September.

HMRC is reminding working parents with summer childcare costs, that they can use Tax-Free Childcare (TFC), which is worth up to £2,000 per child per year, to pay for regulated holiday clubs during the school holidays. Parents are advised that it is possible to pay into their account regularly and ‘save up’ their TFC allowance and use it for childcare during school holidays.

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Domiciliary Care Manager – Barnet, London required

Salary £30,000
Everycare are seeking a dynamic and commercially astute individual with flair to help develop and run its office in Barnet, London.
Established in 1993 Everycare has an enviable reputation for providing high quality care services. Everycare Barnet are now looking for a Registered Manager to take charge of and develop their new office based in Barnet. You should have a commitment to delivering the very highest level of service to all our clients in line with Everycare’s ethos of quality care.
Reporting to the Managing Director, this is an exciting opportunity for someone with enthusiasm, drive and an entrepreneurial spirit. In return, an excellent package is available to the right candidate which includes:
Market-leading salary package, bonus structure, 5 weeks paid holiday.
Ideally, you will be an experienced domiciliary care manager or a registered nurse with qualifications, or working towards qualifications, meeting the CQC criteria for inspections as the manager of a domiciliary home care service. Alternatively, you may be a deputy manager or supervisor looking to take the next step in your career.
Due to the nature of this position, we will require the successful applicant to be a driver living within a half hour of the office.
Please call Paul on 02920 444 712 or contact us by email


University of Kent Report on Care homes highlights costs

The University of Kent have produced a report looking into the cost of care in a residential setting versus the cost of staying at home with live in care. Everycares Eastbourne office was one of the businesses involved in helping collate the data for the universities report. Andy Taylor, Managing director of Everycare Eastbourne said “It has been a fascinating project to be involved in and it highlights the fact that Live in Care is a real alternative to residential care in most areas of the country”

The university paper is now available to view/download from their website. It is no surprise that, particularly in London and the South East of England, live in care represents an affordable alternative compared to residential care. To view the report and get an insight into how care fees vary – click here.

For further information about Everycares live in care service and how it might help you, contact us today.

Carers not entited to minimum wage for sleep-in shifts.

Carers who have to sleep at their workplace in case they are needed overnight will not be paid minimum hourly rates after a Court of Appeal ruling.

In a decision which could have cost the UK care industry billions if it had gone in favour of workers, three leading judges said carers were only entitled to minimum wage when they were required to be awake for work.

At a hearing in March, the Royal Mencap Society challenged a tribunal decision made in favour of Claire Tomlinson-Blake, a Mencap support worker in the East Riding of Yorkshire.

The court was told that Mrs Tomlinson-Blake received a salary for her full-time job helping vulnerable adults living in their own homes, and sometimes had to work a sleep-in shift between 10pm and 7am. For those shifts she was paid an allowance of £29.05, which included pay for an hour’s work.

If she was woken in the night and had to work for more than an hour, she would receive extra pay for the time worked.

But the Employment Tribunal found she used her “listening ear” and her experience to know when she was needed, and was “working” even when she was asleep.

The tribunal said she was entitled to receive an hourly minimum wage, which would have been more than £60 per shift, a decision upheld by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) last year.

However Lord Justice Underhill, sitting with two other senior judges, said: “For the reasons which I have given I believe that sleepers-in… are to be characterised for the purpose of the regulations as available for work… rather than actually working and so fall within the terms of the sleep-in exception.

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