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‘A skilled care worker is well worth the living wage’

Local authorities have a role to play in making sure care workers are properly remunerated for looking after our most vulnerable, says Sherry Malik, director of children and adults for the London Borough of Hounslow. The economic recovery may be underway, but research suggests the upturn won’t help the lower paid and living standards are […]

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Fed up of cuts and pay freezes – why not stop smiling?

How should social workers respond to budget cuts, pay freezes and the erosion of their benefits? If an old-fashioned work-to-rule doesn’t seem possible, you could stop smiling, says Blair Mcpherson. Tis the season to be jolly but what if you don’t feel jolly? What if the latest budget cuts, enforced overtime and proposals to reduced […]

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Fed up of cuts and pay freezes – why not stop smiling?

How should social workers respond to budget cuts, pay freezes and the erosion of their benefits? If an old-fashioned work-to-rule doesn’t seem possible, you could stop smiling, says Blair Mcpherson. Tis the season to be jolly but what if you don’t feel jolly? What if the latest budget cuts, enforced overtime and proposals to reduced […]

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Unions join forces against public sector pay freeze

Unions last week announced plans to organise national strikes over public sector pay. Guest blogger Sophia Williams rounds up what was said. Brief background to the pay dispute Council social workers and care staff saw their pay frozen in 2012-13 for the third year in a row. As the Guardian reported last week, this three-year pay […]

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Undercover Boss investigates care home standards

With all the excitement of the Olympics this week, I missed Undercover Boss on Monday – in which Pam Finnis, managing director of one of Britain’s biggest care home firms, HC-One, (pictured above left) went undercover in some of the homes to investigate standards of care. The programme is typical tear-jerky Undercover Boss fare, but […]

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Testing the waters on regional pay for social workers

As I said in my first blog post upon returning to Community Care, I’m still not sure where I stand on the question of introducing regional pay to the public sector. However, it is interesting to find out that, of the 114 social workers who responded to a recent poll by recruitment consultancy Liquid Personnel, […]

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A solution to the Southampton pay cut dispute?

The last three months of walk-outs by bin men, socialworkers and social care staff over pay cuts of up to 5% have yet to result in a deal which will keep bothstaff and council managers happy.The council has got to save £75m over the next four years. The paycuts contribute towards this and will save […]

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A solution to the Southampton pay cut dispute?

The last three months of walk-outs by bin men, socialworkers and social care staff over pay cuts of up to 5% have yet to result in a deal which will keep bothstaff and council managers happy.The council has got to save £75m over the next four years. The paycuts contribute towards this and will save […]

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How are your finances coping with the recession?

Here at Community Care towers we’ve been aware that social workers have been seeing their salaries squeezed left right and centre for some time.Inflation is currently running at 5% but many social workers will be lucky to retain their current salary level, let alone receive a cost of living increase to match inflation. In some […]

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How are your finances coping with the recession?

Here at Community Care towers we’ve been aware that social workers have been seeing their salaries squeezed left right and centre for some time.Inflation is currently running at 5% but many social workers will be lucky to retain their current salary level, let alone receive a cost of living increase to match inflation. In some […]

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