So with this ruling Care Workers are back to ‘square one’, especially if the sleep-in rate reverts back to being £30 – £35 flat rate. Assuming a person only works ‘sleep-ins, would this be a liveable income, most likely not and could mean carers not wishing to do sleep-ins and this would be detrimental for the persons whose care package includes sleep-ins. This also has a bearing on the whole pay package for care workers, as, is the National Living Wage, currently £8.72 per hour, sufficient for the responsibilities that care workers should be undertaking. For, across the board for most care workers there pay is abysmal and could be a main reason why there is a national shortage of persons willing to undertake care work.
I, personally feel that the daily starting rate should be as declared by the Living Wage Foundation, being the Real Living Wage, currently £9.50 per hour and this could still be low for the responsibilities undertaken by Care Workers.
For being a care worker, is not as many feel ‘just wiping bums and putting food in front of the persons they are providing care for.
For these responsibilities include
Emotional support as and when needed
putting the person being cared for at the centre and providing care as directed by that person
ensuring the person in receipt of care is being kept safe, especially so if that person has some lack of capacity
these are some of the responsibilities, but there are many other.
providing care should never be on a ‘one fits all basis’ for, even though caring may be necessary they are still individuals, just as we all are, and not object to be treated the same. We would not want it so, neither should people who require some form of care.
Also, the working conditions for care workers is far from good and in many instances, especially in respect of home care, the timing of visits, both in view of the time of the visit, the length of the visit and others is also well insufficient.
Unfortunately when caring is mentioned, people usually assume this is in respect of care homes, but the areas of care include many others, some being, home care, supported living, respite, hospices, etc. and includes children as well as adults.
Also a person in need of care could have many health and mental conditions, for while dementia could be a major area in care homes, a person could have one condition, but more likely a mixture of conditions, including mental health, learning disabilities, autism and many others.
So, a one fits all approach is never the correct approach as care needs to be adjusted to the needs, feelings and choice of each person and these adjustments could well need to be altered on a daily basis, if not, even shorter time periods.
Just because a person is in receipt of care does not mean their rights are diminished and their right have to be respected. It should go without question that a persons dignity be upheld, but I fear, that in m any instances it is not.
Care is essential and therefore Social Care should not be looked at as being less essential than health care, for they should be seen as, at least equal, if not social care being more essential than health care.
But Social Care has been well underfunded for many years, if not for ever, and this needs to change urgently. With the 10 years of austerity cuts and now COVID-19 the underfunding is now greatly increased.
Lessons should have been learnt during the current COVID pandemic but will they be, well we should all see that they are.
There have been many Government promises to look at Social Care by this and many previous Governments, in fact when Boris Johnson gave his 2019 Election victory speech he implied that he had a plan and would urgently implement such plan. Well it is now 2021, some one and a half years since his speech and Social Care and those in need of Social Care are still waiting. This has to be dealt with, like today, but should have been yesterday and certainly not tomorrow.
The promised White Paper needs to be released immediately without any further delays.
I support the petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care
I, therefore ask for you to support this petition, so without any further delay, please use the above link to the petition, and show your support by signing it and then sharing it widely.
Source: Sleep-in care workers not entitled to minimum wage, supreme court rules | Care workers | The Guardian