Monday 26 November 2018
For immediate release
Pay staff fairly to solve the crisis in care, says new report
Commenting on Fair Care, a new report from the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) about the growing workforce crisis in adult social care, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said:
“Low pay and a lack of funding are at the very heart of the social care crisis.
“Cash-strapped councils don’t have enough to spend on care. So the firms who get the contracts end up squeezing staff wages.
“Care workers on poverty pay have to put in very long hours, often across several jobs. It’s no wonder many don’t stay for long.
“They and the people they look after are paying the price. The crisis in care can no longer be ignored.”
Notes to editors:
– UNISON is the UK’s largest union, with more than 1.3 million members providing public services – in education, local government, the NHS, police service and energy. They are employed in both the public and private sectors.