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Council invests £4.2m in care workers pay-boost

Care worker reassuring elderly man

Cabinet will meet this week to agree a £4.2million investment in pay for frontline adult social care workers.

The extra funding would mean that providers of community, nursing and residential care commissioned by the council or purchased by a person with a direct payment from the council, will be able to increase wages for staff above the National Living Wage.

Following one of the most difficult years the care sector has faced, this increase is intended to reward the hard work of frontline staff who have been tirelessly caring for our most vulnerable citizens throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. The last 12 months have highlighted just how critical our care sector is and as part of the council’s commitment to care workers, it has set out plans to work closely with service providers to drive the shared ambition of improving pay and working conditions. The council recognises the importance of creating a sustainable and quality care market for our residents who need it most.

Cllr George Lindars-Hammond, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care at Sheffield City Council said: “I want to sincerely thank all of the care providers and staff for their relentless hard work and commitment to caring for our loved ones throughout this pandemic – you truly are frontline heroes.

“Care work is one of the most important jobs in our community and we want to ensure that carers are rewarded and valued appropriately for the vital work they do. We have also listened to the concerns of local providers during the consultation and on top of our commitment to increasing pay, we will also provide a higher sum for non-staffing costs in care homes to help them meet their significant pressures. This investment is a step further towards forging a strong partnership with the care sector to reach our common goal of empowering care workers to build a healthier Sheffield for all.

“After years of funding cuts from Government coupled with the unprecedented demands of the last 12 months, the council has had to make difficult choices about priorities but there has never been any doubt that we are committed to supporting care workers who work tirelessly to protect our most vulnerable residents in the city. The more we invest in the services we commission and provide, the better the quality of care our loved ones receive.”

Cabinet will meet this week on 17th March 2021. The proposed changes are due to come into effect from 12th April 2021. The full report is at www.democracy.sheffield.gov.uk.