Harrogate care homes face staff crisis amid rise of budget supermarkets

People are choosing to work at budget supermarkets rather than take care of the elderly.
People are choosing to work at budget supermarkets rather than take care of the elderly.

The rapid expansion of budget supermarket chains Aldi and Lidl was making it much more difficult for care homes to recruit staff, claimed North Yorkshire County Council’s Corporate Director of Health & Adult Services Richard Webb.

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“With the hospitality, leisure and care sectors all offering a similar hourly rate and with what’s close to full employment in the county, it would seem that stacking shelves is more popular than working with the elderly,” he said.

Speaking at a meeting of Harrogate Borough Council’s scrutiny committee, Mr Webb claimed that the social care system was facing an “existential crisis”; which was why it was so important to devote considerable resources to improving preventative health services including making better use of robotics .

He said the approach of North Yorkshire County Council was to prioritize its health and social care budget and carefully invest money “where we believe it will have the most significant impact.”