Bolton Labour Councillors are calling upon the Government to finally recognise the value of our care workers to society.
In a motion to a meeting of the full council, Labour’s spokesperson on Adult Social Care, Cllr Elaine Sherrington will ask that councillors agree to lobby the Government to increase the Living Wage of care workers in Bolton to £9.30 per hour from the current £8.72.
Cllr Sherrington stated “The current pandemic has really brought home the fact that we are lucky to have many dedicated carers out there who are carrying out important work protecting lives. The crisis has also shown that there is a shortage of care staff. Therefore, now, more than ever, people are realising that this vital work can no longer be done on the cheap. We are asking that the Government challenge the culture of low paid staff who often feel undervalued, and we are saying that if we want young people to see caring as a career, then the Government need to lead a new national strategy of investment into care workers pay, training and career progression.”
Bolton Labour Group Leader, Cllr Nick Peel added, “This need not be a political issue, unless the Tory councillors want it to be so. We are doing more than clapping; we are standing up for our care workers, and saying loud and clear that the country can no longer rely on goodwill from poorly paid frontline staff. If we had already had significant investment into the care system, then there is no doubt that the impact of Covid in our care homes would have been much less severe. We are asking all political groups on the Council to support this common sense motion from Elaine.”