Sleep Ins: the Supreme Court Judgement

The Supreme Court has published its judgements about Sleep-Ins and pay.

They have decided that sleep ins are NOT due to be paid at National Minimum Wage

Nothing will change immediately as a result of the judgement.

Paid supporters will continue to be paid in line with their contract and the agreements they already have in place with their employer.

On 10 May 2021 the Department of Health and Social Care wrote to all local authorities about the commissioning of sleep ins following the judgement.

You can read that here

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy has carried out a review and updated the guidance on minimum wage in light of the judgement.

You can read the updated minimum wage guidance here

Learning Disability England will work with all members and partners to work out what this judgement means for the future and find solutions together.

Today’s judgement makes us even clearer that the important and valuable work by support workers must be properly rewarded and respected.

Whilst pay is one of the ways, it is not the only way. This message has been reinforced by members over the last year.

You can read blogs of some members’ thoughts from the last year here:

Doing what it takes to make the best of a bad situation – Scott Watkin BEM (Rep Body Co-Chair)

Dedicated staff and managers carried on even when the world stood still – Sarah Maguire, Chair of the Board of Trustees and Chief Executive of Choice Support

We need a “Marcus Rashford” moment for social care – Lisa Hopkins, Learning Disability England Trustee and Chief Executive of SeeAbility