Grahame Morris MP has backed a cross-party campaign, co-ordinated by fellow MP Virendra Sharma, which calls on the Government to increase the pay of social care workers and nurses to at least the living wage, in recognition of their immense effort during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a letter to Matt Hancock, MPs outline the contribution of social care workers to the pandemic response, stating, “we believe that social care workers have shown tremendous courage and determination in their duties during the coronavirus public health emergency, despite being poorly paid relative to their value to society.
During this crisis, social care workers have shown just how essential they are to our society. We urge you to recognise their immense effort and give them the pay rise they deserve.”
The letter also calls on the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to offer staff additional death in service and sick pay benefits, reimbursement for travel between appointments, and proposes that social care workers no longer be referred to as ‘low-skilled.’
Findings by the TUC show that one in four social care workers earn less than £10 an hour, and the average employee earns just £16,400 per annum.
During the coronavirus public health emergency, health and social care staff have been twice as likely to die of Covid-19, and more than 300 frontline staff have tragically lost their lives.
Grahame Morris MP said, “The pandemic must be a catalyst for real change in the way that social care workers are treated. It is not enough to just clap for our carers; the Government must recognise their sacrifice by increasing their pay to at least the living wage.”