Greater Manchester will soon become the first city-region where all councils agree to pay the Real Living Wage to all those working in social care, Mayor Andy Burnham has announced.
By the end of the year, more than half of Greater Manchester’s 10 boroughs will be paying the Real Living Wage, soon to be £9.90 per hour.
The remaining boroughs are on track to deliver the same hourly rate for their adult social care staff soon after, as stipulated in their contractual arrangements with adult social care providers.
The news follows the launch of a petition by care workers in Manchester last December. The petition, which has received more than 4,500 signatures, calls on Greater Manchester’s local authorities to require the Real Living Wage as a minimum starting salary for all directly employed and commissioned care and support workers.
The campaigning care workers’ efforts paid off in January when Oldham Council committed to pay the Living Wage to all care workers in the borough.
Since then, Salford City Council, Bolton Council and Manchester City Council have also joined the ranks. Rochdale Council had already made this commitment.
Speaking at an event in Manchester city centre yesterday, Mayor Andy Burnham said: “Greater Manchester is the first city-region to commit to paying the real Living Wage to social care workers. We want to ensure that people working in Greater Manchester receive fair pay, have decent working conditions, and experience opportunities to develop and progress. Greater Manchester is the first Living Wage City Region in the UK, working to help make the real Living Wage the norm and address in-work poverty.
“Greater Manchester has come a long way in a short space of time. But the pandemic has laid bare inequalities in our city-region. In this new era for this place, all parts of Greater Manchester will come together and deliver a fairer, greener, more prosperous conurbation for every person living and working here.”