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Written Statement - Conducting research on key issues in the home care workforce

Mark Drakeford, Minister for Health and Social Services

On 7 July 2015 the Minister for Public Services issued a Written Statement announcing the publication of research on the use of zero hours contracts in devolved public services.

As the Minister for Public Services outlined, the research provides an important insight into the variety of circumstances in which zero hours contracts are used across public services. It had some particular concerns around the use of zero hours contracts in the home care workforce. These related to the impacts of zero hours contracts on the desirability of a career in home care, and the continuity of care.

I therefore intend to work with the sector to commission rapid research focusing on the desirability of a career in home care, and the continuity of care delivered. This will not just focus on how zero hours contracts impact on these issues, but will explore wider issues to do with training, pay in the sector, how rotas are organised and more. Ultimately the research will examine how these issues impact on the quality of care delivered. This action reflects my commitment to enabling the workforce to deliver the best care possible for the people of Wales.

I am undertaking this work at the same time that the Regulation and Inspection of Social Care (Wales) Bill is undergoing scrutiny in the National Assembly. Part of the policy response to this research will therefore examine how the powers provided by that legislation could be used to support any changes required.

I will publish the results of the research alongside a written statement.