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Care worker pay and the Government spending review

Social care will have access to an extra £1bn next year but councils are unlikely to be funded to increase social worker pay, according to the government’s spending review, set out today by Chancellor Rishi Sunak.

Matthew Bolton, Executive Director, Citizens UK reacted to the news:

“The £1 billion extra made available for social care in the spending review is a small and positive step. But nowhere near enough to fix the long-term funding crisis or fund a pay rise for 600,000 low waged care workers.

“The Chancellor missed an opportunity to reward the vital work of social care staff as they face down the pandemic. This leaves the very people keeping the most vulnerable people safe and well, at risk of debt, stress, and hardship.

“However, care providers shouldn't wait for the Government to act. Dozens of care providers joined the Living Wage Foundation this year, uplifting staff onto the real Living Wage and giving employees a much needed pay boost despite the pandemic and funding squeeze. It is the right recognition for the hard work and sacrifice of care workers.”


Our Living Wage for key workers campaign:

Citizens UK is spearheading a campaign for a real Living Wage for key workers, including a £1.4bn settlement to fund a pay boost for care workers paid below the real Living Wage. Across England, 604,168 of 832,393 care worker roles (73%) were paid less than the independently calculated rate, set by the Living Wage Foundation.

A petition led by a care worker, Tabitha asking health secretary Matt Hancock to act on low pay in the care sector has received over 12,000 signatures. Tabitha launched the petition with Citizens UK after falling ill with Covid-19 and having to seek food aid from charities, as she had no savings to fall back on.

Take action to support care workers with us, sign the petition: www.livingwage4keyworkers.org.uk

Contact andy.may@citizensuk.org / 07917 824009

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Mental Health Directories of Services for Harrow

The Harrow Citizens mental health action team led by Kol Chai Reform Jewish Community and Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue has created two Directories listing the many mental health services that are accessible to adults and children both within Harrow and nationwide. 

These Directories have been reviewed and approved by Harrow Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the Harrow GPs Forum. We hope that they will help more people in Harrow to easily find out which services or support to access at a time of distress.

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Citizens UK pays thanks to outgoing chair Kaneez Shaid and welcomes Revd Karen Rooms

Last month, Citizens UK had a changeover of Chair of Trustees. Kaneez Shaid stepped down as Chair and from the Board, having served as Chair for three years and on the board for six years. Kaneez led the board during an exciting period of growth for the charity which saw the organisation launch 7 new Citizens alliances; securing £1 billion pounds back into the pockets of low paid workers through our real Living Wage campaign, bringing hundreds of refugee children and families to safety and equipping thousands of local leaders with the skills and training needed to participate fully in public life.

Dr. Kaneez Shaid MBE, Chair of the Citizens UK Board of Trustees. John Hume, Chief Executive - People's Health Trust and Dane Baptiste, at the Living Wage awards in 2018

Kaneez will continue her work as a leader in Waltham Forest Citizens in East London. Karen Rooms was elected Chair by the Board of trustees, after being elected to the Board by members of the Charity, and has served already in leadership of Nottingham Citizens and Leicester Citizens.

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London Citizens welcome Mayor’s plans for improved accountability for Metropolitan Police Officers as a first step

London Citizens welcome the news of new methods of accountability for Territorial Support Group (TSG) officers and an overhaul of community monitoring. This will enable London’s diverse communities including the black community to closely scrutinise the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)s citywide activities, such as the TSG.  

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Poll: 8 in 10 people back a pay increase for care workers

Public polling by Survation, commissioned by Citizens UK, reveals 82% of the public back Government investment in social care to fund a pay rise for care workers.[1]

The polling found high levels of public support for key workers such as cleaners, couriers, and care workers being paid a real Living Wage. This comes as the real Living Wage increased to £10.85 p/h in London, and £9.50 p/h across the UK, increasing over 250,000 people's wages.

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We care about care – do you?

Citizens UK is today (November 10, 2020) launching a social media campaign to get people to share why they care about care #WorthTheMoney 

In June we launched our campaign to get key workers a real Living Wage. We want to increase the pressure on the government by sharing public care stories. We need to win a funding settlement so those working in social care get paid a real Living Wage (£9.50 across the UK and £10.85 in London). 

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London school children record music video with Hollywood director to get key workers a real Living Wage

School children from St Antony’s Catholic Primary School in Newham recorded a music video with Hollywood director, Saloum N’jie, in order to get key workers a real Living Wage.

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Over 250,000 people will get a pay rise this year with increase of real Living Wage rate

The real Living Wage rate is now £9.50 across the UK and £10.85 in London. 

Since 2011, over £1.3 billion in extra wages has gone to low-paid workers thanks to the Living Wage movement, founded by members of Citizens UK. £800m of those extra wages have gone to people in key worker industries.

But research from the Living Wage Foundation shows that a fifth of employees - 5.5 million - are still paid under the real Living Wage[1].

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Manchester’s Premier League football clubs urged to tackle poverty and pay the real Living Wage


Manchester food banks have joined Greater Manchester Citizens and published an open letter on Saturday 7th November, campaigning for Manchester United and Manchester City to tackle poverty in their city.

The open letter is calling on both clubs' CEO's to become real Living Wage employers.


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Three-year study of our work putting people in the lead delivers increased trust, confidence and engagement in democracy and society

Polling undertaken by Citizens UK has found that 25% of adults volunteered in the community during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are today (November 2, 2020) publishing a report analysing how Community Organising has been used to increase civic leadership, participation and people’s power to make change in 10 areas across England over the last three years.

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