Government should focus on fixing social care, not playing politics with people’s lives

Higher pay needed to boost workforce

Commenting on the annual report by the Migration Advisory Committee published today (Wednesday) calling for wage hikes for low-paid care workers, UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:

“The care sector is a lifeline for so many people. Yet there’s still no plan to fix social care, more than four years after a Conservative prime minister said he had one.

“The government seems intent on worsening the crisis by playing politics with migrant workers’ lives, rather than tackling record vacancies.

“Care work is highly skilled. The sector needs a long-term funding plan that significantly boosts wages and offers a career path with training.

“A national care service would be the best way to help millions of families who need this vital support.”

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 the public, voluntary and private sectors.

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