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Government called upon to match £500 carer bonus in Wales

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Campaigners in England have called on the government to match a £500 bonus that has been pledged to carers in Wales.

The bonus for the 64,000 care workers in Wales was announced by Welsh First Minister Mark Drakesford in recognition of the “greater degree of risk” they had accepted.

The First Minister said: “Tens of thousands of people work in social care in Wales, looking after some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and are doing so with great dedication in often challenging circumstances.

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“They are undertaking tasks, which involve a high level of intimate personal care, often accepting a greater degree of risk and responsibility. Many of our social care workers are juggling their own personal caring responsibilities with their professional ones.

“I want our social care workforce to know their hard work is both appreciated and recognised. This payment is designed to provide some further recognition of the value we attach to everything they are doing to – it recognises this group of people are providing the invisible scaffolding of services, which support both our NHS and our wider society.”

Independent Care Group (ICG) chair Mike Padgham, called for the same show of recognition for England’s carers.

Mike said: “This is a very generous gesture by the Welsh government and it recognises the amazing courage that social care staff are showing as they look after older and vulnerable people during coronavirus.

“We very much hope that the English government will follow suit and provide a bonus for all the social care staff facing the same risks and doing an amazing job here in England.”

A Department of Health and Social Care spokesperson said: “The 1.5 million people who make up the paid social care workforce, together with 5 million unpaid carers, provide an invaluable service to the nation – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. They work tirelessly to support the most vulnerable in our society, and as this pandemic has made clear, we as a nation are indebted to their selfless dedication.

“Care workers, caterers, cleaners, nurses, occupational therapists, personal assistants, registered managers, social workers, and others, all have a critical role to play to ensure that people’s needs are met during this crisis.”

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33 Comments

  1. What would be more acceptable is if social care staff were put on an NHS pay scale, rather than a one off bonus. It hardly seems fair that whilst furloughed staff will receive 80% of their salary, most key workers on the social care front line are hovering above minimum wage. LA’s need to recalculate their fees based on a fair wage for carers.

      1. Thank you for your comment. We would advise that you raise your question directly with your care home managers.

          1. Hi Sarah,
            Your daughter’s care provider will be able to advise on when her payment will be made.

        1. Totally agree with this im a key worker in a
          Private resident home. My partner self employed I have a 0 hour contract I have a 7 yr old and due to my partner not being a keyworker we were not eligible for my son to go school at this time. The school said my partner could look after are son while I work. So I work 26-30 hrs a week on minimum wage im 33yr £8.72 we do not get paid time and half for any holiday xmas including. And yes could get job some where else but i am love my residents at our home. Anyway so told can claim for universal credit to help us it just over 400 a month which helps but to top this my partner who is 53 worked all his life. 30+ self employed is now being told not eligible for self employed grant as he didnt do self assement for 2018 2019 because my partner need to have a op he became employed for a yr to get the time he needed to recover. And being employed at the time paying to much tax didnt to the assessment as didnt think you need to when employed. Its just not been fair on us now hes needs to go back to work as bills mounting up I am now going to have to take unpaid leave from work till my son goes back to school. Its jusr not right.

    1. I I work in a care home but I work in the laundry and it should be for everyone in care home not just care staff everyone is doing all the hard work with this virus in care homes even the kitchen staff should get it and cleaning staff

  2. My wife works as a cleaner and also a feeder of the patients but in Wales only the actual carers I getting the £500 cleaners kitchen staff etc and not included in this yet are on some of the lowest wages I think this is so unfair and it needs looking into everyone in care homes should get this payment whether it be England Ireland Scotland or Wales

    1. I’m a domestic at a hospital and like my colleagues we all work hard and have contact with patients, its challenging when we cant interact properly while wearing masks etc, but we love our jobs and a bonus would be very helpful when we have partners at home who are unable to work..

      1. Hi I work for a charitable organisation in wales and support vulnerable adults witch includes personal care. Are we eligible for the £500?

        1. Thank you for your comment. We would advise that you raise any questions or concerns directly with the care home if this is possible. Alternatively, please contact the Welsh government at customerhelp@gov.wales

          Telephone
          0300 0604400

    2. Carers here in England have worked extremely hard too but as yet we’ve got nothing & certainly not a £500 bonus!

  3. My partner works in a care home and they are on minimum wage…the home are bringing in agency workers and paying them £4-5 more…how can this be fair!!! Why not pay the workers who are employed there £2-3 more…thus saving money and giving the people in there the comfort of seeing the friendly faces that they are used too

  4. I work as live in carer ,duties include personal care ,medication, housework ,washing ironing,cooking ,& shopping & also companionship..
    This is 7 days a week ,with a 2 hour break a day ,if client is awake 3/4 times a night then I am awake to see to their needs ,
    Pay is not as much as people think my wage is £525 per week ,well below minimum wage ,company get round this by saying we only do 9 hours a day .

    1. exactly , im community care in england we have taken on alot of work from the community nurses , dont know if we will get it or not , carers are still classed as back in the day glorified arse wipers we have updated training every 6 months covering , dementia, medication, moving and handling , risk assessment for both us and the service user , plus training for specialised areas such as downs syndrome, depression ,mental health and lots more

  5. I work in a privatly owned care home. Sadly we have lost some of our residents so staff have all had their hours cut. Is there any help from the government for them?

  6. I work in the care home like a cleaner I have coronavirus I feel better now but this is not right the domestic staff and kitchen staff they don’t deserve this 500£ we work on the frontline too😡

    1. I think it’s good we are being rewarded and it’s about time wages are below minimum company reduces hours to cover increases when minimum pay goes up which I think is disgusting within the company home shame On them it’s all from the government and if we had nothing from them company’s would have you working for pittens which again disgusting on home company’s stay safe everyone in this profession 😍😍😍

  7. I’m a senior carer in a care home in Swindon. Of course I can’t name the company. They treat us poor and won’t supply PPE unit a resident is confirmed again with COVID 19. We are not recognized for our work, it’s a good job we have a passion for caring. If we go sick from contracting COVID 19 we have to live on less than £95 a week.
    Company have cut our hours which is leaving us out of pocket when directors won’t even take pay cuts when they are all isolating in the comforts of their own homes.

  8. I’m a night senior in a care home in Swindon ( I can’t name it ) we are not valued or appreciated for what we do or any extra shifts we pick up at this very difficult time covid 19. We too struggle with PPE putting ourselves, vulnerable adults AND our families and for what,…. they can’t even pay us correctly and always have to quiet our wages. I love my job and care about work colleagues and staff… but while they are sitting pretty at home we’re all grafting, they have even cut our hours so we’ve taken a cut in wages, I bet they havent

  9. I’m a domestic at a hospital and like my colleagues we all work hard and have contact with patients, its challenging when we cant interact properly while wearing masks etc, but we love our jobs and a bonus would be very helpful when we have partners at home who are unable to work..

  10. When the payment will receive I am in care home for 5 years will be nice please what I have to do to have that bonus

    1. Thank you for your comment. We would advise that you raise any questions or concerns directly with the care home if this is possible. Alternatively, please contact the Welsh government at customerhelp@gov.wales

      Telephone
      0300 0604400

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