House of Commons
17th October 2014
Notices of Motions for which no days have been fixed
('Early Day Motions')

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Mr David Anderson
Kelvin Hopkins
Mr George Howarth
Grahame M. Morris
John McDonnell
Mr Ronnie Campbell
Alex Cunningham

That this House is shocked to note that the National Audit Office reported earlier in 2014 that up to 220,000 care workers in England are illegally paid below the national minimum wage (NMW); further notes that an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) of care providers between 2011 and 2013 found that 48 per cent were guilty of non-compliance with the NMW; further notes that homecare workers in particular are consistently not paid for travel time or training, too often have illegal deductions made from their pay and are frequently put on zero-hours contracts to deny them their legal rights; recognises that these arrangements have a deleterious impact on quality of care through high turnover of staff and shortened care visits; calls for a statement from the Government on what measures it is proposing to tackle the illegal under-payment of homecare workers; strenuously suggests that HMRC launch a programme of proactive investigations into the sector to help end non-compliance with the NMW, with adequate resources to ensure a thorough and sustained effort; requests that the Government names and shames care providers and councils who fail to pay or commission the NMW as well as name and praise those care providers and councils who have signed up to UNISON's Ethical Care Charter; and further calls for a change in the law to make local authorities and care providers jointly and severally liable for non-payment of the NMW as well as the introduction of stringent regulations under the Care Act 2014 to ensure that care workers are paid at least the national minimum wage.

Sir Andrew Stunell

That this House celebrates the successes of British sportswomen and men in many spheres in the last year, most notably in the Commonwealth, Olympic and Paralympic Games, but notes with regret that the inclusivity and diversity of British sports players is not evident in the management and governance structures of any national sports governing body; further notes that Sport England's recent survey of 45 national governing bodies found that just one was chaired by a BME person, and that only three per cent of board members were of black or ethnic minority heritage; and therefore calls on the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to work with each national body urgently to consider how to make it more representative of the nation and of those who participate in the sport it governs, and to set itself challenging performance standards by which its success in doing so can be objectively measured.

Prepared 17th October 2014