Pay key to solving crisis in social care, says UNISON

Low wages and inadequate sick pay to blame for thousands of care workers quitting

Commenting on a report published today (Thursday) by the levelling up, housing and communities committee, which calls on the government to put more money into the social care sector, UNISON head of business and community Donna Rowe-Merriman said:

“The buck stops with government. Only ministers can solve the crisis in social care. Poverty of ambition and lack of will lie at the heart of their planned but rather limited reforms.

“The urgent priority must be a proper pay rise across the entire care sector. Low wages and inadequate sick pay explain why thousands of staff are quitting for better paid jobs elsewhere.

“The government also needs to ban profiteering, bring in proper regulation, and create a national care service. This would help improve staffing levels and the quality and availability of care, lessening the pressure on an overwhelmed NHS.”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.Media contacts:Liz Chinchen M: 07778 158175 E: