Care workers, people supported by care workers, social care organisations and advocates met on the steps of HM Treasury yesterday, (21st September) at 11am, to promote the #BetterPay4SocialCare petition, created to shine a light on the poor rates of pay.
The recent Government announcement that National Insurance contributions will rise by 1.25% to contribute to social care could mean that social care workers’ wage packets will be hit even harder, making the need for a fairer wage for social care workers even more pressing.
Following the successful #BetterPay4SocialCare Action Week at the beginning of September, 9,399 members of the public have already signed our petition calling on Government to ensure all social care workers receive a minimum of the Real Living Wage of £9.50 (£10.85 in London).
#BetterPay4SocialCare coalition members from the Association for Real Change, Mencap Heart of England, SeeAbility, Dimensions, the Brandon Trust and Autism at Kingwood, as well as people supported by these organisations, met on the treasury steps with banners and other promotional items, including a giant cheque stating the Real Living Wage, to draw attention to the low salaries of social care workers and drive even more support to the #BetterPay4SocialCare petition.
The petition will be delivered by Kate Allen CEO and Philippa Stannard, Fundraising and Communications Manager, of Autism at Kingwood, at the Tory party conference on Tuesday 5th October.