Home care workers in Devon have been handed a pay rise boost by county council chiefs responding to the coronavirus pandemic.
Staff under contract to the authority will see their salaries increase from the national minimum wage of £8.72 to no less than £10-per-hour.
Right now, it’s vital that we do everything we can to support the care sector…
Devon County Council (DCC) says the move is to ‘better reward the workforce’ and because it is ‘essential’ for the care sector to recruit more staff in response to Covid-19.
Under strict new safety guidance, such workers across the county are continuing to visit vulnerable people who are in lockdown, self-isolating, or are ‘shielded’ or confirmed as having the virus.
Care agencies have members of their teams off work with symptoms – putting pressure on their operations while they continue to support their clients’ needs.
This is not just about rewarding care workers for the tremendous work that they are doing, under enormously challenging circumstances…
Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, DCC’s cabinet member with responsibility for adult social care and health, said: “Right now, it’s vital that we do everything we can to support the care sector.
“This is not just about rewarding care workers for the tremendous work that they are doing, under enormously challenging circumstances.
“It’s to boost recruitment to the sector to help care providers to be resilient to staff pressures while they continue to meet the growing demand for care, and retain recruits currently entering the social care workforce once this national emergency has passed.
“This urgent decision to increase rates to care providers comes into immediate effect, with the condition that they pass on the pay rise to their care workers as quickly as possible, and backdate the pay rise to now.”