Our social care system is a national scandal.
15 minute care visits have become the norm not the exception.
Care workers are paid below the Living Wage and are not paid for travel time or indeed receive travel expenses.
UNISON's a 'Time to Care' report shone a light on the problem > https://www.unison.org.uk/content/uploads/2013/11/On-line-Catalogue220152.pdf
In response UNISON developed their Ethical Care Charter. Some Labour councils across the UK have signed up including Renfrewshire Council. Joe proposed that North Ayrshire Council do so....
The matter was referred to a Living Wage and Ethical Care Working Group which, although it agreed some improvements, did not recommend the Council sign the Charter. The argument presented, and accepted by the SNP administration, was that the Living Wage could not be a mandatory condition of procured social care.
The SNP, having voted against a Living Wage for care workers in the Scottish Parliament last December, now accept that it can be done. Joe therefore asked North Ayrshire Council to review its decision.....
And it duly did. North Ayrshire Council is now a signed up 'Ethical Care Council' which commits it to ensuring all local care workers are paid the Living Wage, are paid for travel time and the care they provide meets the needs of the client (meaning an end to scandalous quick care visits).