Dignity in social care

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Social care is a big concern for many people. We’ve all heard stories about over worked staff, 15 minute visits, and vulnerable people not receiving the care that they need.

Care workers are extremely dedicated but they are often put into situations that are no good for either themselves or the people they care for.

I am working with UNISON to campaign for dignity in social care. We need good standards if we are to ensure safety and quality.

UNISON’s campaign is built on three key objectives:

- The Government should ensure fair funding for social care

- Councils and NHS Commissioners should ensure contracts which ensure sufficient time and resources to provide care with dignity.

- Social Care employers should treat their workers with respect and dignity. End job insecurity, pay the real living wage, and guarantee the workers’ right to organise a union.

Together these measures would create employment conditions that do not short-change clients, and ensure the recruitment and retention of a stable workforce through more sustainable pay and conditions.

Homecare staff look after our parents, our grandparents, 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.

UNISON have set out some very reasonable proposals to help ensure basic standards. If all care workers have decent pay and conditions they can focus on looking after the people that we care about.

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