Spreading high-quality, well-paid care jobs nationwide
It will come as no surprise to those of you who follow me, but I virtually agree with everything in this report and where I don’t agree fully it is down to timings, as I feel the needs are now, short-term and not longer-term.
One example is social care workers pay and yes, it should always have been much higher than it is now and linking it to the Real Living Wage would have been so correct some years ago, but now the difference in rates between the Real Living Wage and the National Living Wage is not that much, except for when the increases come in force for with the National Living Wage the increaces are generally from April when the increases in the Real Living Wage are the previous November.
The other is increasing social care workers salaries to 75% of nurses’ wages which is down as long-term, when this should be, at least medium-term and really short-term because it is now that more staff are required and really the Real Living Wage will not create this.
What is not mentioned in the report is tax, and really income tax for how can it be justified to tax a Living Wage, be in National or Real, for if it is a Living Wage, which it most likely is not, how can any reduction in the amount be justified. The then short fall in Government income could be raised by ensuring all loopholes in the tax system are closed, not only Non-Dom status, but in the ways multi-nationals are allowed to reduce the amounts they are taxed on and other means to reduce. A legitimate business expense allowed, but needs to be seriously looked at. More use of Windfall taxes and most likely a slightly highrer rate for those earning above £500,000 per year.
It is said that we need to pay so-called Captains of Indusrty and Multi-National Chief Executives more to get the best there is, but that could be said of any workers, for every worker no matter how much they are paid are very important and no one in any team is as much required as anyother.
Perhaps have a ruling that the top earner in any company could only receive an income, perhaps including bonuses, of a certain percentage above that of the lowest earner.
Source: A care workforce fit for Britain | New Economics Foundation