Car allowances cut as professionals work more unsocial hours

One in four social care professionals have experienced cuts in car allowances over the past year, our survey has shown.

See our graphic of social workers’ responses about changes to their working conditions

Nearly one in five reported working more weekends or unsociable hours, and 14% saw pay for weekends, unsociable hours or sick leave cut. Nearly one in 10 had reduced or restricted holiday entitlement.

The British Association of Social Workers said the issues revealed by the survey showed the causes of low morale across the sector.

Ruth Cartwright, BASW’s joint manager for England, said: “People are committed to the profession and to service users but staff in many areas are feeling the strain of heavy workloads necessitating much unpaid overtime, and of lack of supervision and support. The freezing of posts and services being short staffed of course compounds these problems.”

Social care staff pay freeze and poorer working conditions

See our graphic of social workers’ responses on job satisfaction

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