Pay for care work is lu­di­crously low

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION - JOE HILL Bethe­car Road, Har­row

THE in­crease in the min­i­mum wage next April, to be fol­lowed by fur­ther in­creases to a new so-called “liv­ing­wage” by 2019 will be welcome re­lief to many work­ers cur­rently strug­gling to make ends meet on low pay.

How­ever, the UK Home­care As­so­ci­a­tion have warned that un­less ex­tra money was put into the care sec­tor, it would leave ser­vices “un­vi­able”.

The ma­jor­ity of care is bought by coun­cils, but the group say they do not pay enough for care firms to cope. I work for a con­tracted-out

ser­vice in Har­row sup­port­ing adults with learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties.

It is chal­leng­ing work and re­quires a wide-range of skills. How­ever, the rate of pay (£6.78) is dis­gust­ing for the com­plex­ity of the skill-set re­quired and lu­di­crous con­sid­er­ing the cost of liv­ing in Lon­don.

For this rate of pay, I am lit­er­ally strug­gling to make ends meet. I am fu­ri­ous that work­ers like me have been ne­glected like this.

This coun­cil should be ashamed of them­selves.

Po­si­tions re­main un­filled and the sit­u­a­tion on our rate of hourly pay is non­sen­si­cal as agency work­ers are be­ing used who cost the ser­vice twice as much. All be­cause we can­not be paid just an ex­tra pound per hour.

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