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.
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.Read more
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).Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
In response to the news today (July 21, 2020) that public sector workers would be given a pay rise, we were disappointed to see that care workers were omitted from this.Read more
Over 125 social care, charity and faith leaders join call for government to fund real Living Wage in social care
Citizens UK is upping pressure on the government to provide a real Living Wage for care workers on the eve of the Chancellor's Covid-19 financial statement.Read more
Photo credit: Living Wage accredited employer Clean for Good.
Citizens UK is celebrating brave cleaners and security staff on International Justice Day for Cleaners and Security Guards, which takes place on June 15 every year.Read more
Tabitha is a care worker and Citizens UK leader - and one of the many key workers helping to keep the country running during the Covid-19 crisis. Like 500,000 other care sector staff in the UK, she works below the Living Wage. This is why she is launching a campaign today with Citizens UK to get key workers a real Living Wage.
I feel like a Roman Gladiator going into the ring on a night shift. Everyone is clapping you, but you're pitting yourself against a deadly disease without the proper pay and protection.
That’s why I’ve launched this petition to ask Matt Hancock MP to properly fund social care, with the £1.4 billion needed to ensure hundreds of thousands of staff like me can receive the real Living Wage.Read more
And here's how you can give thanks and show solidarity with our nation's heroes.
Despite the huge contribution key workers are making right now, we also know that over 1 million key workers are not receiving a real Living Wage.
We want to thank key workers, including delivery drivers, care workers, supermarket assistants, cleaners, the NHS and many many more, who are doing an incredible job at keeping our country going during the Coronavirus crisis.
As part of our campaign for a real Living Wage for our key worker heroes, we have created printable posters and colouring sheets to put up in your windows, schools and work places so you can show your solidarity.