We are calling on Government to ensure all social care workers receive a minimum of the Real Living Wage of £9.50 (£10.85 in London). Most do not receive this because local authorities are unable to provide adequate funding to social care providers.

From Monday 6th to Friday 10th September, the #BetterPay4SocialCare coalition, which comprises of 28 social care organisations across the country, including Leeds Autism Services,will be urging people to sign the petition, which will be delivered on September 21st on the steps of HM Treasury.

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Social Care needs to be given the attention it deserves. Not only will this benefit people working within the sector, it will ensure better outcomes for supported people, and their families. Improvements to the delivery of social care will also have a hugely positive impact on the economy, something which is often overlooked: 

The Action Week will include videos and images from a range of people, including people receiving support, their families and support workers, explaining why social care workers deserve financial recognition. The petition will be shared by MP and Labour Deputy Leader Angela Rayner, a former care worker herself. Liz Kendall MP will also be voicing her support for better pay during the week.

Please help us, by keeping an eye out for our posts, and sharing them with the hashtag #BetterPay4SocialCare

Beth, a support worker speaks of her responsibilities and struggles as a care worker:

“I’ve worked in social care for a long time and I love my job. Each day is different and I still find new situations that I’ve not experienced before, where I’ve had to think on my feet and adapt, in order to give the person I’m supporting their best quality of life. I believe this has made me an expert in what I do.

When the first lockdown came along, I had to make a decision about how I would care for and protect my children. I am a single parent and my eldest has autism and a few other conditions which leave him with a weaker immune system. Not working wasn’t a financial option. Also, I would lose relationships with the people I support and would have felt I was letting my team down. In the end, for me to be able to continue to work and protect my children, I made the difficult decision to move my kids in with my parents.

I’m highly trained and have a lot of experience behind me. The job I do is intricate, but I don’t get paid enough for the responsibilities I undertake. It’s kind of soul destroying. This is my chosen career because I want to help others, but the wage is not enough and I struggle financially. It’s not fair.” 


#BetterPay4SocialCare is raising the profile of pay for social care staff. Few people working in social care would disagree that frontline workers are not receiving an adequate salary for the valuable service they provide.

Leeds Autism Services is backing the campaign, but we need your help to get the petition to parliament!

Help by signing this petition calling on Government to ensure better pay for social care workers across the UK. Thank You!

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