Stand Up for Social Care: End the Crisis Now!

Please write to your council to ask them to Stand Up For Social Care.

As care workers, we have been at the forefront of the struggle against COVID-19. We have put ourselves at risk to provide care and support to vulnerable service users.

We appreciate the applause from members of the public, but unless social care receives proper investment and respect, we remain undervalued, underappreciated and underpaid.

To enable us to continue giving exceptional care, we need proper pay and decent conditions that properly reflect our position as key workers. We need action after the applause. 

As care workers, we are calling on local councils and other commissioners of social care to:

Protect Us  

Never again should care workers have to choose between our own health or hardship. We need proper sick pay to prevent the spread of infections to service users.   

Pay Us
Care workers are underpaid and undervalued, creating a crisis of staff recruitment and retention. We need a pay rise and guaranteed hours - all care workers should be paid a starting salary of at least £10 per hour with pay progression. Travel time, holiday and sleep-in shifts should be paid at the appropriate full hourly rate.  

Listen to Us
Care workers must have a say in how services are run - we are the experts. Our voices should be heard through recognised trade unions.  

Support Us
There are too many unethical and unaccountable social care providers – many ignore minimum commissioning standards and drive down standards to take a profit from limited public funding. To guarantee quality care, we need to re-assess how social care is delivered to ensure it has parity with the NHS and local councils.

Please write to your council to ask them to Stand Up For Social Care.

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