Calls to increase pay for care staff-The elephant in the room is that you can be paid more for stacking shelves | Care Industry News


Mr Kreft said the nub of the problem was that the funding formulas of local councils and health boards were predicated on paying low wages to staff and the “minimal differentials” for taking on extra responsibilities – and that had to change.

The call from Mario Kreft MBE, the chair of Care Forum Wales, came after a campaign was launched to attract another 20,000 social care workers in Wales over the next 10 years.

At the moment, he said, the funding formulas of local councils and health boards were predicted on paying low wages to staff.

The number of elderly people over the age of 80 is predicted to increase by 44% in Wales by 2030 and there are currently about 113,000 people in the social care sector.

The ageing population in Wales and relatively older workforce are two factors for the increasing demand for care workers in people’s own homes, workers in residential care and more nurses.

Mr Kreft said: “I can certainly say that this is the most challenging time that social care providers have faced in trying to recruit sufficient workers to actually do the job.

 

Source: Calls to increase pay for care staff-The elephant in the room is that you can be paid more for stacking shelves | Care Industry News

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  1. Social Care is in crisis, not only in Wales, but all over the UK and funding is a prime cause. But all Local Authorities have been subjected to austerity cuts by the UK Central Government and local authorities have had to cut budgets to all sections of their authority departments and Social Care is no exception.

    However, cuting Social Care budgets not only has an impact of support plans for persons in need of care, it is also affecting the ability of Service Providers to provide care to persons who have care needs in their support plans. These Providers are in this position because they are short of care workers, as these workers are reluctant to enter the industry due to the very poor rates of pay, just as stated in the article.

    If Central Government stopped the austerituy cuts and funded Local Authorities sufficiently then the funding would be increased all round, thus the Serive Providers would receive sufficient funding to pay their care workers more.

    With this in mind there is a petition – Petition – Pay all employed carers the Living Wage

    I am involved in a Petition project based on the Care Workers within the Care Industry.

    This industry is in crisis, as is the Health Service, but within Social Care this crisis is even greater. This in turn will create even more pressure on all aspects of the Health Service. Therefore action is needed to minimise the Social Care crisis and pay paid carers a reasonable wage is one of these actions, so with this in mind there is now a petition.

    Please, therefore, could you support the Petition – Pay all employed carers the Living Wage Flash, (Families Lobbying & Advising Sheffield), a group of family carers of relatives with Learning Disabilities and/or Autism in Sheffield are concerned at the state of Social Care, not only in Sheffield, but throughout the UK.

    We all know that there is a major crisis in Social Care not just in Sheffield, but all over the UK. This is in a large part due to the lack of persons willing to come into the Care Industry, of which the low pay is a prime factor.

    Parliament are aware and have formed a Cross Party Committee to look at funding, recruitment and pay for Care Workers in the Care Industry.

    The Government currently have a recruitment campaign for the Care Industry ‘Every Day is Different’ https://carervoice.wordpress.com/2019/02/22/new-campaign-to-recruit-thousands-more-adult-social-care-staff-gov-uk/comment-page-1/#comment-57 .

    However, there is no mention of pay.

    Please therefore, could you consider the following #pay #employed #wage#funding #government#serviceproviders #living

    Could you look at promoting the Petition – ‘Pay all employed carers the Living Wage, created by FLASh (Families Lobbying & Advising Sheffield).
    Petition link https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/236151

    Please sign this Petition, however, until you then click the signature verification link in the resulting email your signature will not be valid and will therefore not count re supporting the Petition cause.

    More information https://1drv.ms/w/s!Aq2MsYduiazglWxA60JAY_2cpvN8

    We need this Tory Government to end Austerity Cuts to Local Authorities and then increase the Grants to these Authorities so they can fund Care Service Providers to be able to pay their care workers at least the Living Wage.

    Please also see the HFT report ‘Sector Pulse Check’, https://1drv.ms/w/s!Aq2MsYduiazglXuM7Duz6HOYXvsv

    If the Petition attains 10,000 signatures, the Government will respond and if 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in Parliament.
    Please support and share with your work colleagues, family & friends, Social Media, MP and Local Councillors.

    For any further information Chris can be contacted on carervoice@gmail.com

    Thank you

    Chris Sterry
    Vice-chair of FLASh

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