Pay for care work is ludicrously low
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.