P-06-1301 Reconsider the exclusion to care home staff receiving the additional payment for social care workers
petition was submitted by Anita Braine, having collected a total of 540
Text of Petition:
The Welsh government is
currently accepting applications for an Additional social care payment aligned
to the Real Living Wage (a taxable payment of £1,498) claiming that: "The
additional payment demonstrates our commitment to improve the status, terms and
conditions and career pathways for social care workers."
We feel that by excluding
all other essential care home roles, they have devalued our contribution, and
are neglecting these essential care providers that Care Managers agree are
This payment will only be
paid to eligible 'care workers, senior care staff, care managers and nurses'
and specifically excludes colleagues in the same home who are in roles such as
catering, cleaning and maintenance staff, finance officers, therapists, business
support, trainers, reception staff and activity coordinators.
As my Care home manager
said: "If I don't have people cooking food in the kitchen how will I feed
Care work is renowned for
being poorly paid so most people who do it, do it for the love and compassion
of the people they care for. Whilst recognition for these fantastic roles is
long overdue it is vastly unfair to single one role over another in a Care home
Please help support our
care home staff!
The Committee considered
the petition and noted that the Deputy Minister has been clear about the
reasoning for the Real Living Wage to be paid to those social care workers
required to register with Social Care Wales. In light of this, Members agreed
that it is difficult to see what else the Committee could do at this time and
closed the petition and thanked petitioner.
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consideration of this petition by the Committee and related documents can be
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It was first considered
by the Petitions Committee on 07/11/2022.
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Business type: Petition
Reason considered: Senedd Business;
Status: For consideration
First published: 11/10/2022