Councils still insisting on 15 minute homecare visits

Three quarters (74 per cent) of local authorities in England are still limiting homecare visits for their elderly, ill and disabled residents to just 15 minutes, says UNISON in a report. The report – entitled Suffering Alone at Home – is based on an online survey of 1,100 homecare workers and data obtained from a Freedom of […]

When the cared for becomes the carer

Graeme Ellis’s experience of homecare made him determined to improve the lives of others in his situation

Latest council signs up to Ethical Care Charter

Cheshire West and Chester is latest local authority to sign up to better care and better conditions for care workers

UNISON comment on EU court ruling on travel time to work

Mobile workers must now be paid for all their travel time – and Ministers must plan how this will be funded

Leeds signs up to care charter

Yorkshire city becomes one of largest councils to sign up to decent care, fair pay and fair employment for homecare providers

Inadequate homecare training putting elderly and disabled at risk

A UNISON survey of more than 1,000 care workers found that staff are increasingly being asked to perform intimate procedures that would previously have only been carried out by registered nurses

MP backs UNISON’s Ethical Care charter

Yasmin Qureshi gives her support to Bolton UNISON petition urging council to sign-up to UNISON’s care charter

Care Certificate guidance coming soon

With the new Care Certificate coming soon for all new healthcare support workers in England, UNISON is preparing materials and guidance to support our members and reps

Help illegally underpaid care workers

This Decent Jobs Week, UNISON is focusing attention on the 220,000 care workers who are illegally underpaid

Taking care in Westminster

UNISON to the fore as Lords debate working conditions in the care sector

Care UK strikers celebrate victory

The longest running social care strike in the history of the NHS has formally ended after 90 days

Camden Council adopts Ethical Care Charter

Latest local authority to adopt charter will help people in the borough who receive homecare services as well as the 860 strong home care workforce

The crisis in care

A care worker speaks about the terrible reality of the government’s attacks on homecare

Government to launch care investigation as MPs debate pay

The government has said it will instruct HMRC to investigate the widespread illegal underpayment of care workers, after work by UNISON and Labour MPs

Fair pay for care workers

Care UK workers take their case to Westminster as MPs debate low pay for care workers