Care workers are on the frontline of the fight against COVID-19.
Caring for those most vulnerable to the virus, care workers must be able to self-isolate if they show symptoms.
Yet care workers cannot afford to do this. This puts public health at risk.
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The government are putting public health and the lives of the vulnerable at risk. Care workers are often paid less than supermarket workers and when they go off sick, they only get £96 a week. Forced to make the choice between their family’s survival and the people they care for, many carers are being forced to go into work, when they should be following public health advice and staying at home. Most simply cannot afford to self-isolate ir shield. This is reckless and the government must put public safety first.
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The government have provided £600 million emergency funding for care homes, in part “to ensure that when social care staff need to be away from work for infection control purposes, they are not penalised for doing so.” `This is a step in the right direction.
But if this money doesn’t reach care workers pockets, it will do nothing to contain the virus.
“Funding must go to care workers in need, not employers’ bank accounts,” says UNISON. Read our call to government here
The government is currently planning to dump the money in cowboy care companies bank accounts and use oversretched local authorities as a middle man. This is not the time for half hearted gestures.
We have written to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and asked him to put the right plan in place.