Government should heed MPs’ advice over health and social care

Commenting today (Monday) on the Commons Health and Social Care Committee report on integrated care, UNISON assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “Competition and the internal market have meant extra unwelcome and unnecessary pressures on an already overstretched NHS, making it harder to join up services and improve health and social care for the better. “Getting rid […]

Care workers strike against pay cuts

Some 120 UNISON members in Bath and north east Somerset take action over employers’ ‘work-for-free’ proposals

Adult social care has no funding, no strategy and no long-term solutions, says UNISON

UNISON responds to the Public Accounts Committee report

The NHS continues to be ‘alarmingly under-funded’, says health conference

UNISON will continue to campaign for the funding needed to deliver ‘a comprehensive, safe and high quality service’

York council agrees to sign Ethical Care Charter

Decision comes after a lengthy campaign by UNISON

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Organising to raise the bar

Community delegates recognise work of Care Workers for Change campaign in defending care services and organising a fragmented and casualised workforce

Damning NAO report ‘exposes government’s lamentable approach to social care’

Responding to the National Audit Office (NAO) report on the social care workforce published today (Thursday), UNISON’s assistant general secretary Christina McAnea said: “This damning report exposes the government’s lamentable approach to social care, which is letting down elderly and disabled people, as well as the dedicated staff looking after them. “Years of underfunding mean local councils […]

Hartlepool signs up for ethical care

North-East council becomes the latest to commit itself to UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter

UNISON comments on the NHS ‘rent a room’ scheme

This scheme looks like another dangerous experiment

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Sheffield signs up to the Ethical Care Charter

Yorkshire council becomes the largest local authority to sign UNISON’s charter

Home care: Low paid workers told to wait for back pay

Care workers owed up to six years’ back pay after being paid below the minimum wage will have to wait until October for the money they are owed after a government announcement today

UNISON criticises government announcement for social care providers

Commenting on the government’s announcement of additional support for social care providers, UNISON general secretary Dave Prentis said: “This announcement is a huge blow for low-paid workers. Each year, care workers are collectively cheated of £130m in wages, but this outrageous state of affairs has failed to prompt any meaningful reaction from the government. “Now ministers see […]

Care companies must give back pay to staff who do sleep-ins, says UNISON

Charities and care companies that have paid staff one-off payments for overnight sleep-ins should not be exempt from paying the national minimum wage, says UNISON. Claims for back pay could cost the sector £400m according to Mencap. UNISON believes care workers should be paid at least the minimum wage for work they have already done […]