Paying all care workers the living wage would be good for everyone

Commenting on the report from the Resolution Foundation published today (Tuesday) which says that two thirds of social care workers in the UK are earning less than the living wage, UNISON General Secretary Dave Prentis said:

“This is the best evidence yet that paying a living wage would benefit care workers, those receiving care and the UK economy.

“Plans to integrate our health and social care systems are doomed to failure unless the social care system is adequately funded and care workers are paid a decent wage.

“The government has been quick to give tax cuts to the rich, now it’s time for ministers to recognise the contribution made by almost a million dedicated workers who care for the elderly and vulnerable in our society.”

Notes to editors:

As if we cared: The costs and benefits of a living wage for social care workers is published by the Resolution Foundation

It’s the culmination of a year-long investigation into pay and conditions in social care.

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