Local charity and care provider Autism at Kingwood has set up a petition calling on Government to increase funding to local authorities so that social care providers can pay their frontline staff the Real Living Wage.
Please sign our petition:
We are pleased that social care organisations have come together and we will campaign in support of this - find out more here: www.betterpay4socialcare.org
As heartening as it is that the Government recognised social care workers as key workers, few get above the national living wage of £8.72 per hour. From next April the national living wage will increase to £8.91. But the Real Living Wage Association have calculated that the minimum salary people need to live on is £9.50 per hour (£10.85 in London).
There are 1.52 million social care workers in the UK, supporting vulnerable people. The majority are employed by social care providers, many of which are charities. Local authorities pay social care providers an hourly rate and it is this rate that determines how much social care workers are paid. The hourly rates vary between local authorities – but none provide enough funding to social care providers to enable them to pay the Real Living Wage.
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