Haringey Council announces £4.4m investment to ensure care staff receive London Living Wage
On Tuesday night, Haringey’s Cabinet approved a £4.4m commitment to pay the London Living Wage to all local care workers from April 2020.
Approximately 1,300 homecare and extra care workers will see their pay rise to £10.75 an hour as new contracts are rolled out in the coming months. This will help to alleviate in-work poverty in the sector.
The vast majority of care staff are women - and in London two-thirds are from BAME communities. The commitment also aligns with the Council’s community wealth-building agenda, which aims to lift local people out of poverty and create a more equal borough.
Paying the London Living Wage will contribute to better motivation, skills-development, staff-retention and outcomes for recipients of care services.
Support Worker Christelle Mutombo-Cartier said:
It is sure to have an impact. Life is more expensive nowadays, so bringing in the London Living Wage will give me more disposable income and greater peace of mind, with fewer worries and less stress overall.
In September 2017, Haringey Council signed up to UNISON’s ethical care charter, which sets out a series of commitments to protect home care workers’ rights and gives them greater freedom to focus on the needs of the people they care for.
Sean Fox, Branch Secretary of Haringey UNISON, said:
UNISON really welcomes the Council incorporating the London Living Wage into the new homecare contracts, we have many members in this growing sector who will see a pay-rise that will make a real difference to their ability to pay for the essential things in life.
We also welcome the requirement for contractors to deal with exploitative zero hours contracts and to treat those delivering care to the most vulnerable people in our community with dignity. It is great to see the Council hard-wiring UNISON’s ethical care charter in its approach.
Cllr Sarah James, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said:
Paying the London Living Wage to workers in the care sector was a major manifesto pledge of this administration and we have honoured it. Care work has traditionally been poorly paid for what is a challenging and skilled job. Despite a decade of austerity, we are investing in crucial frontline services to build a fairer Haringey.