The Living Wage Foundation will champion the social care sector and key workers during this year’s Living Wage Week.
The campaign, which commences today (November 9), will share stories of how providers accredited by the foundation have implemented the Living Wage and how it has benefited their staff and services.
There are now over 210 accredited care providers in the UK, including domiciliary care providers Penrose Care and Seniors Helping Seniors – the latter increasing its hourly rate by 5% in August to £10, plus holiday pay of 12.07%.
Connected Health also became Northern Ireland’s first Living Wage-accredited care provider in August.
But with three-in-five frontline care workers paid less than the Living Wage, set at £9.30 per hour and £10.75 in London, the foundation says there is much more work to be done.
Laura Gardiner, director of the Living Wage Foundation, said: “The Covid-19 pandemic is highlighting and exacerbating the existing inequalities in our society, and has already hit the lowest earners the hardest. Social care workers, who have always played a vital role in the care of the most vulnerable members of our society, are rightly in the spotlight.
“So this Living Wage Week, commencing 9th November, we will be further promoting the Living Wage in social care and other key work sectors.”
The foundation will also be conducting meetings with technical experts and key decision makers in social care to create a practical and operational plan to achieve a Living Wage across the sector.
Meanwhile, Citizens UK is continuing its campaign for a Living Wage for all social care workers, calling for the government to give the social care sector a £1.4 billion funding injection for this purpose.