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Care Minister pressed for fair pay after Downing Street reception

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The Minister for Care was confronted with repeated calls to ensure fair pay for the workforce following a celebratory reception for care workers at 10 Downing Street last week.

Representatives from the Homecare Association, Care England, ADASS and Skills for Care, among others, stayed on for a discussion with Gillian Keegan after the reception and reiterated the need for care workers to be fairly rewarded for the skills they perform.

They also debated the pros and cons of upcoming funding reform.

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Dr Jane Townson, CEO of the Homecare Association said: “We believe careworkers should receive wages equivalent to Band 3 healthcare assistants in the NHS and certainly more than those in jobs requiring far less training and responsibility in retail and hospitality.

“We continue to call on the government to walk the talk on ‘levelling up’ and ensure fairness for all. We also want to see meaningful action on the wider reform agenda, which needs to be adequately funded.”

Care workers representing all settings of care from across the country were invited to the Downing Street reception on November 24.

The Prime Minister greeted the care workers in attendance individually and gave a short speech, in which he expressed appreciation for their commitment during the pandemic, as well as empathy for the challenges they faced.

Dr Townson continued: “It was wonderful to see the care workforce recognised by the Prime Minister at 10 Downing Street for their dedication to those they support, even in the most difficult of times.

“Putting their own lives at risk, they worked tirelessly to protect and improve the lives of older and disabled people. Many went above and beyond the call of duty, often being the only point of contact for some of the most dependent people in society, helping them to live well at home and flourish in their communities.”

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