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Citizens UK: A Real Living Wage for Careworkers

The real Living Wage is an hourly rate, calculated according to cost of living in the UK. The UK Living Wage is currently £9.50 per hour. The London Living Wage is currently £10.85 per hour. 73% of careworkers are paid below the real living wage.[1] Better wages improves care quality and staff retention.[2] According to a Resolution Foundation report (April 2020) 4 out of 5 careworkers are women, 1 in 5 are Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic and 1 in 5 are Single parents.[3] We cannot tackle structural racism and sexism in the workplace unless we act on wage inequality in social care.

The Cost of Change

Funding for a Living Wage for Social Care would cost UK government an extra £1.4 billion per year with nearly half recouped in reduced benefit costs and increase income tax revenue. A House of Commons Committee has published figures (October 2020) backs Careworker wages to rise beyond the national minimum and wider social care reform through an urgent £7 billion financial settlement from central government.[4]

Who Cares about Social Care?

Around 8 in 10 people recognise that careworkers are underpaid and deserve a real living wage. [5] Citizens UK are asking for a living wage for Careworkers and are working with a broad alliance of national leaders and care providers around this campaign.[6] It’s working. In the last year we have seen more than 2,500 Careworker wages uplifted through Living Wage Accreditation including Sunderland City Council and Newham Council. The Future Social Care Coalition is also calling for substantial wage increases in the sector and ‘parity of esteem’ with the NHS.[7]

We are asking Business and Local Authority Leaders to…

[1] News: Three-quarters of care workers in England were paid less than the real Living Wage on the eve of the pandemic | Living Wage Foundation.

[2] The state of the adult social care sector and workforce in England (skillsforcare.org.uk).

[3] What happens after the clapping finishes? • Resolution Foundation: 2.

[4] Social care: funding and workforce - Committees - UK Parliament

[5] Public think care workers are underpaid | The Fawcett Society; Seven in 10 Tory voters say Boris Johnson should give care workers a pay rise - Mirror Online.

[6] Citizens UK’s Living Wage for Careworkers Charter (actionnetwork.org)

[7] Future Social Care Coalition

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Sign the Petition and Stay in Touch

Social Care is underfunded and in urgent need of reform and a real plan of action from Central Government. Local Authorities and Social Care Providers need to have the resources to pay a real Living Wage to Careworkers.

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Careworker Living Wage Charter

If you are are leader of a Civil Society Organisation or a Member a Parliament or Council, sign our Care Worker Charter calling for a financial Settlement for a real Living Wage in Social Care.

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