Video report by ITV News Anglia's Malcolm Robertson
The national minimum living will be introduced on Friday - meaning employees over the age of 25 will be paid a minimum of £7.20 an hour - but it could come at a cost.
In the the East of England, which has a large elderly population and a big agricultural industry, the impact could be significant.
The move will mean an extra 50p an hour for Britain's lowest paid. It's been welcomed by those such as a Maylin Clarke, who’s worked as a carer at a Norfolk residential home in Hunstanton for 10 years.
In some parts of the region, up to a third of workers could feel the benefits. However, there are fears about possible job losses, and that some care homes might have to close as they struggle to balance the books.
Rag Seghal is general manager of Armscare, which operates five care homes. They have a mix of residents: some private, some paid for by the local authority.
With council funding still uncertain, he’s concerned some homes might be put in difficulty.
The Government says its policy is to ensure that work pays. It's making up £3.5 billion available to councils to meet social care costs and lowering corporation tax to 17%.
The government is also reducing council tax by 2%, but the Local Government Association says this won't cover all the costs.
This year alone, it estimates that councils will have to spend a minimum of £300 million for increased home and residential care.