Cornwall Council Cabinet today agreed a plan for increasing the pay of care workers, and improving the way care is delivered to Cornwall’s elderly and most vulnerable adults.
In a package of proposals on how care will be purchased in the future, Cornwall Council has committed to implementing the National Living Wage Foundation rate of pay, which for outside of London is currently £8.75 per hour.
The plan also agrees to :
- pay care workers for travel time and mileage;
- ensuring care workers have at least five days training a year in working time;
- not using 15 minute visits to clients.
Rob Rotchell Liberal Democrat Cabinet member for Adults said:
“The plan that we have adopted today will bring better care for the vulnerable and deliver a fair deal for care workers. One of the biggest problems we have faced in Cornwall is a shortage of appropriate care workers. By making a significant improvement in their terms and conditions of employment, we hope that we will both increase recruitment and retention, leading to longer term stability in the care system. If we can reduce staff turnover and the use of agency staff, we will reduce costs overall.”
“We are also adopting the Unison Ethical Care Charter. This means that the starting point for commissioning of care visits will be client need and not minutes or tasks. Care workers will have the time and freedom to provide appropriate care to clients, and 15 minute visits will not be used, as they undermine the dignity of clients.”
The plans also include a new more cost efficient process for commissioning care.
Adam Paynter the Liberal Democrat Leader of Cornwall Council said:
“We committed in the election to defend Social Care provision in Cornwall in spite of the cuts in funding from the Government. This plan delivers on that promise by ensuring that our front line care workers get a fair deal and our service users are treated with the care and dignity they deserve.”