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Ask the Chancellor to invest in care workers!

No time to read to the end? Take our quick action to deliver a Living Wage for care workers!

Making sure that care workers are paid a decent wage for the invaluable work they do is a vital cause.

Only this year research from the Resolution Foundation discovered that more than 1 in 10 care workers are being paid below the minimum wage of £6.50 per hour.

This is hardly a reflection of the incredible and essential work that they do. They deserve much, much better.

That is why Carers Trust welcomed the announcement made by the Chancellor in his recent budget that, as of April 2016, all care workers will be paid a new compulsory Living Wage of £7.20 per hour.

That’s the good news.

The bad news is that although the government has given with one hand, it continues to take with the other.

Care providers depend for their survival on funding from their local council. Where do councils get their money from? Central government. Unfortunately funding to councils fell by 40% between 2010 and 2015. Those cuts are being passed on to care providers who are being forced to consider scaling back the services they offer or, worse still, threatened with closure.

Now care providers are being asked to deliver more and more with less and less support. The number of people in need of social care support continues to rise as our population ages: the number of adults living in the UK with a care need is expected to increase by 30% by 2026.

And now care providers will need to dig around and find the funds they need to pay the new Living Wage.

It’s sticking care providers somewhere between a rock and a hard-place – desperate to continue running their services that support people with care needs but equally concerned to ensure they pay their staff a decent wage. All the while, funds are falling.

6 in 7 of our Network Partners – the care providers we work with – have told us that they fear they will have to reduce the services they offer in order to afford to pay the new Living Wage next year. 5 in 7 even said that they are worried they might be forced to close down entirely.

Something can be done about this.

This November the Chancellor will unveil his spending plans for the coming three years. When he does, we’re urging him to increase the funding given to local councils so that care workers are paid a decent wage.

And you can help us make that happen.

By taking our (very quick!) action you can ask your MP to back our cause, contact the Chancellor, and ask him to invest in care workers.

Already lots of our supporters have taken the action and we’ve heard back from MPs who have wanted to tell us how much they value and support our campaign!

Ask your MP to add their voice.


Matt Hawkins is Policy and Campaigns Officer at Carers Trust


 

 

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October 2, 2015 - Posted by | Funding, Social Care

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