Why does it cost so much to run your homes?

The single biggest differential between County Council run homes and the independent sector is staff costs. Our staff operate under Terms and Conditions that are mainly negotiated at national level with little that can be changed under local agreement.

DCC have an employer’s pension contribution approaching 27%, sickness is paid at full salary for six months; people are paid at the overtime rates if they are on holiday or are sick during Saturdays, Sundays or bank holidays if they would have otherwise been working.

None of this applies to the staff in the independent sector.