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Homecare staff look after our parents, our brothers and sisters, our friends. They help them to live independently and with dignity. But too often they are on low wages with a huge workload and simply not enough time to provide the best quality care.

I am backing the Ethical Care Charter which has been developed by UNISON, the public service union. You can see the full document here, but the objective of the charter is to establish a baseline for the safety, quality and dignity of care.

A nationwide survey of homecare staff revealed a system in crisis, with a committed but poorly paid and undervalued workforce. The standards recommended in the Charter look to create employment conditions that do not short-change clients, and ensure the recruitment and retention of a more stable workforce through more sustainable pay, conditions and training levels.

I think that Unison have set out some very reasonable proposals to help ensure a basic standard is maintained. All care workers should have decent pay and conditions so that they can focus on looking after the people that we care about.

Let me know in the comments below what you think about Unison's proposals.

The Ethical Care Charter

Homecare staff look after our parents, our brothers and sisters, our friends. They help them to live independently and with dignity. But too often they are on low wages with...

The Office for National Statistics have provided me with figures which show how much work needs to be done if we are to tackle the growing problem of in-work poverty.

The figures show that almost 22% of jobs in Bolton North East pay less than the Living Wage. That means more than one fifth of the jobs available in my constituency don’t pay people enough to live on. I’ve met many people who are working all the hours they can and still don’t earn enough to pay their bills.

This Tory Government likes to talk about making work pay, but use this mantra as an excuse to cut financial support, this is simply not good enough. People who work deserve a decent days pay and Labour’s plans to tackle the cost of living and raise levels of pay are the way to tackle in-work poverty.

Labour would offer incentives to employers to pay the living wage, benefitting both businesses and workers, and it would actually save the Government money by reducing the need for in-work benefits like tax credits.

The ONS figures make it clear that a large number of people in Bolton North East would benefit from these policies.

Click here to read more about our policies to tackle the cost of living crisis.

 

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In April 2013, the latest period for which are available, the Living Wage rate suggested by the Living Wage Foundation was £7.45 per hour for employees who did not work in London. At this time the ONS figures show that the proportion of jobs in Bolton North East with hourly earnings below £7.45 was 21.9%.
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One fifth of jobs pay below living wage

The Office for National Statistics have provided me with figures which show how much work needs to be done if we are to tackle the growing problem of in-work poverty.The...

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This week a new report from the Department for Work and Pensions showed that the bedroom tax is not working. It is driving people into debt, forcing them to cut back on essentials like food and heating.

The Government might be surprised to discover the huge scale of the problems that they are causing people impacted by the bedroom tax, but I am not. I’ve heard these stories before, from people living here in Bolton who have been struggling to get by month after month since the bedroom tax was implemented.

The policy is cruel, unfair and it simply isn’t working.

I want to scrap the bedroom tax, and a Labour Government would do that. Can you help us achieve that? Click here if you’d like to help us scrap the tax

 

The Bedroom Tax Failure

This week a new report from the Department for Work and Pensions showed that the bedroom tax is not working. It is driving people into debt, forcing them to cut...

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