§ 24. Mr. Sainsbury
asked the Secretary of State for Social Services whether he is satisfied that it is in the interests of the home help service that there should be nationally-negotiated rates for the payment of staff.
§ Mr. Deakins
Yes. The pay of home help is a matter for employing authorities and the National Joint Council for Local Authorities Services (Manual Workers) which negotiates rates nationally. These allow some flexibility to meet local requirements.