Cornwall based care provider, Swallowcourt, has pledged to pay all its staff the Real Living Wage as a minimum as of next month.
The move was announced by the provider following a comprehensive pay and benefits review.
Swallowcourt Managing Director, Leah Marsh, said: “Whilst as an employer we have always offered above industry standard benefits, after consultation with our staff teams it became very clear that some of the benefits we offered whilst appreciated, were not as important as being paid a wage that meets the cost of living, not just the government minimum.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for key workers to be paid a Real Living Wage. In adult social care, almost three-quarters of care workers in England earn below the Real Living Wage and whilst we clapped for carers at the start of the pandemic, as an employer we recognise that now clapping must translate into proper pay for the work that our amazing care staff do.”
The announcement came after the #BetterPay4SocialCare, a coalition of care providers from across the UK, submitted a petition to the government to increase funding to local authorities to pass on to social care providers to enable them to increase pay for care workers.
Leah said Swallowcourt had also raised the current social care crisis in Cornwall and related pay of care workers with local MPs, elected members and Cornwall Council but had received little or no response.
“Whilst this is a significant and unbudgeted investment, it is absolutely the right thing for us to be doing at this time, we simply cannot delay this increase to our lowest paid team members in the hope that it will be supported at some point in the future by increased funding,” Leah added.
“In recent years as a social care provider we have been fortunate enough to invest in our homes and technology to further improve the environment and quality of care we provide and it is only right that we now make this pledge to our dedicated and hardworking teams in recognition of all that they do.”