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Care England, the largest and most diverse representative body for independent providers of adult social care, is today calling for the Government to better support the adult social care workforce by introducing a fully funded minimum wage for adult social care workers in England,

Professor Martin Green OBE, Chief Executive of Care England, says:
“The social care workforce is our biggest asset and care providers are anxious to deliver a new deal for our workforce with clear career pathways and proper remuneration. However, this is impossible on the current funding which we receive from central and local government, and there is a desperate need for significant increases in funding to keep pace with the cost of living crisis and to make care a valued and properly rewarded career. 

Today, Citizens UK, and various other groups gathered outside the offices of care providers to call for increases in the pay of care workers. We want to see these increases as well,  but these gatherings were in the wrong place, they should have been outside Downing Street, putting pressure on the Government to deliver the funding required to deliver a new deal for social care professionals”.

Martin Green continues:
“Care England continues to work on behalf of its members to ensure that a long-term workforce strategy is introduced. Social Care services have been through one of the most traumatic periods in living memory and our colleagues have been on the frontline of the global pandemic, yet we have not seen proper recognition or reward for this contribution coming from the Government. In Wales and Scotland, care staff have been given bonuses, yet these have not been paid in England.”



Notes to editors:

1)        Care England is the largest and most diverse representative body for independent providers of adult social care

2)        For Care England press enquiries related to this release, please contact Antonella Corby (020) 7492 4843 or email acorby@careengland.org.uk

3)        @CareEngland & @CareEngDigital