Jane Dodds, Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats, has called on the Welsh Government to follow the lead of the Scottish Government and give care workers an immediate pay rise in recognition of their work during the coronavirus outbreak.
The Scottish Government announcement last week, following an agreement with council umbrella body Cosla, came in response to confirmation of the spread of coronavirus in care homes across Scotland.
The move will see adult social care workers will receive a 3.3 per cent increase in pay, backdated from 1 April. It will apply to all hours worked, including sleep-overs and hours worked by personal assistants, with sick pay also provided to staff who are ill or self-isolating.
The call from the Liberal Democrats comes in response to the UK Government’s announcement today of increased testing in care homes, for both staff and residents, and ahead of the release of new ONS figures regarding Covid-19 infection and mortality rates tomorrow.
Welsh Liberal Democrat Leader Jane Dodds said:
“Without the selflessness and dedication of our health and social care workers, we simply would not be able to function as a society. We owe them a huge debt of gratitude.
“Last week the Scottish Government announced an immediate 3.3% pay rise for all care workers, ensuring everyone working in the care industry is paid the national living wage. I want the Welsh Government to match this.
“Ministers must move swiftly to ensure care workers here in Wales don’t just the recognition they deserve but also the PPE and mental health support they need.”