The #BetterPay4SocialCare Action Week will be taking place from Monday 6th to Friday 10th September. To help raise awareness of care worker pay, 28 social care organisations across the country will be urging people to sign the petition.
The petition will be delivered on 21st September on the steps of HM Treasury. The organisations behind the campaign are petitioning Government to ensure care workers receive a minimum of the Real Living Wage. Campaigners said the pandemic has revealed to the nation just how much we rely on social care workers and the risks that they take to fulfil their role to people they support and to society.
Those who have backed the petition urge Government to increase funding to local authorities, to pass on to social care providers so that they can pay care workers what they deserve.
Autism at Kingwood currently pays support workers £8.91 hourly rate and would like to pay workers £9.50, which is the Real Living Wage hourly rate. Local authority hourly payments to Autism at Kingwood range between £16.39 and £18.40.
The Action Week will include videos and images from a range of people, including people receiving support, their families and support workers, explaining why social care workers deserve financial recognition. The petition will be shared by MP and Labour Deputy Leader Angela Rayner, a former care worker herself. On Tuesday 8th September, Liz Kendall MP, Shadow Minister for Health and Social Care will add her support at a special panel on social care pay, organised by The Care Workers Charity and #BetterPay4SocialCare.
Beth, a social care worker, who will be delivering the petition, said, ‘When the first lockdown came along, I had to make a decision about how I would care for and protect my children. I am a single parent and my eldest has autism and a few other conditions which leave him with a weaker immune system. Not working wasn’t a financial option. Also, I would lose relationships with the people I support and would have felt I was letting my team down. In the end, for me to be able to continue to work and protect my children, I made the difficult decision to move my kids in with my parents.
‘I’m highly trained and have a lot of experience behind me. The job I do is intricate, but I don’t get paid enough for the responsibilities I undertake. It’s kind of soul destroying. This is my chosen career because I want to help others, but the wage is not enough and I struggle financially. It’s not fair.’
Visit the #BetterPay4SocialCare website for more information.
In the September issue of CMM, Mark Adams, of social care charity Community Integrated Care, comments on the charity’s latest report and shares the struggles faced by support workers.