ALLIANCE join calls for progress on social care sector pay
- Section: Policy and Research
- Type: News Item
- Published: 13th November 2023
A total of 110 organisations have backed the CCPS letter calling for increased pay for social care workers.
The Coalition of Care & Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS) have written to the First Minister to call for higher pay for those working in the social care sector. In their letter ahead of the 2024-25 Scottish Budget, supported by over a hundred organisations including the ALLIANCE, CCPS point out that whilst pay is scheduled to increase from £10.90 to £12 per hour from April 2024, this only barely keeps pace with the Real Living Wage.
Organisations signing the letter agree that £12 per hour is not reflective of the invaluable contribution of social care workers to our society and economy. The social care sector is already facing challenges in recruitment and retention, driven in part by low rates of pay, which has become an even more pressing issue during the ongoing cost of living crisis.
The ALLIANCE has consistently argued in favour of significant investment in the social care sector, including in fair pay and conditions for staff, particularly in the context of the proposed National Care Service.
Research earlier this year by the Scottish Women’s Budget Group demonstrated the benefits of significant additional investment in social care. A transformative model with pay set at £15.21 per hour coupled with widening access to care to more people could create 75,000 new jobs whilst raising £1.5bn in additional revenue, equating to almost half of the cost of the investment,.
You can read the full press release on the CCPS website here. The letter, including a full list of signatories, is also available here.
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