Many people with a disability become reluctant employers, using Direct Payments/ILF, because this is the only way to ensure that they receive the quality of care support and the control of their lives that they desire. The alternative of using Agency staff is not viable for many of this group of people, being variable at best and awful at worst. Under the Agency system, the person needing support can never be sure who will turn up at any given time, how well trained they are and often has not even met the person before.
As already said, these people only choose to become employers as the lesser of two evils and many find the burdens of being an employer overwhelming at times. Just this year, there has been the additional requirements of RTI to be dealt with.
How will this group of employers deal with yet another burden, when the staging dates approach for Auto Enrolment? I suspect that it may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back for some, deterring them from continuing as employers and forcing them to rely on Agency care support in the future.
What do you think?