Live-in care workers ‘have pay docked by agencies to cover accommodation’

Live-in care workers recruited from overseas to care for disabled and elderly people in Britain are being exploited by “unscrupulous” agencies who dock their pay to cover “accommodation costs”, according to new research by Nottingham University’s Rights Lab.

The workers, who live with clients to provide round-the-clock care, in some cases had their pay reduced by hundreds of pounds a month despite being paid only the minimum wage to begin with.

The practice is exposed in a landmark report published by the Rights Lab, the world’s biggest modern slavery research group, based on an 18-month study involving London-based live-in care workers from countries including Zimbabwe, South Africa, Hungary and Poland.

Full story in The Observer, 31 July 2022