Living Wage Week 9th-15th November 2020
Next week is Living Wage Week, with the new real Living Wage being announced on 9th November.
“The real Living Wage is the only UK wage rate that is voluntarily paid by over 6,500 UK businesses who believe their staff deserve a wage which meets everyday needs; the weekly shop, or a suprise trip to the dentist.” – Living Wage Foundation.
Autism at Kingwood desperately want to pay all our support workers a minimum of the living wage, but we do not get enough funding to do so. We are asking everyone to sign and SHARE the petition for #BetterPay4SocialCare – to ensure that all those working in the care sector will receive the Real Living Wage.
The salary that social care workers receive is determined by an hourly rate that local authorities give the care providers. It is not enough to pay the Real Living Wage.
Years of austerity has meant that care providers are used to dealing with extreme financial constraints, and are experts in efficiencies. But this has meant frontline key workers aren’t given the rate of pay that no-one can deny they deserve – despite them literally placing their lives at risk to fulfil their role to the people they support, their employer and to society.
We are calling on the Government to ensure all social care workers receive a minimum of the Real Living Wage. Sign and SHARE the petition for #BetterPay4SocialCare.
In addition, The Future Social Care Coalition – a new cross-party alliance of more than 80 organisations and individuals, launched this week, stating that an immediate £3.9bn* emergency support fund is needed from the government to get the care sector through the pandemic’s second wave and are asking people to pledge their support.