Campaign backed in South Tyneside to give carers pay rise 'they deserve' after the pandemic

Jarrow MP Kate Osborne has backed a campaign calling for all social care workers to be given the pay rise “they deserve” after the coronavirus pandemic.

The campaign, which was started by Labour’s Virendra Sharma has been signed by 38 cross-party MPs.

It calls on the Government to increase the pay of social care workers and nurses to at least the living wage, in recognition of their efforts during the current public health emergency.In a joint letter to Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock, the group of MP’s urged the Government to recognise their “immense effort” and give them the pay rise they “deserve”.

They wrote: “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.

Jarrow MP Kate Osborne calls for carers to be given the pay rise they deserve after the pandemic.

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“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 called on the Health Secretary to offer staff additional death in service and sick pay benefits, reimbursement for travel between appointments, and should no longer be referred to as low skilled.

More than 300 frontline staff have tragically lost their lives in the coronavirus crisis – with health and social care staff have been twice as likely to die of Covid-19.

Ms Osborne commented: “Social care staff have been underpaid and undervalued for far too long. One in four earn less than £10 an hour, and the average employee earns just £16,400 per annum.

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“This crisis offers us an unprecedented opportunity to reform our fragmented social care system, with the British public overwhelmingly supportive of a pay rise and improved working conditions for those in social care.

“These workers have gone above and beyond in their efforts to look after those in their care and have been extremely brave in the face of this hideous virus.

“The Government must recognise their sacrifice by increasing their pay to at least the living wage.”

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