Andrew Gwynne, MP for Denton and Reddish, has backed Labour’s calls for a pay rise for care workers.
Labour is demanding a pay rise to at least £10 an hour would put an extra £50 a week into the pocket of an underpaid care worker.
3 in 4 care workers – people who have been putting their lives on the line to care for others throughout this crisis – are not even paid the living wage, meaning many are struggling to support themselves and their own families.
Under these proposals, a social care worker aged over 25 working a 40 hour week on the minimum wage would get a pay rise of over £2,500 per year, or £50 a week. For a social care worker aged 21-24, their pay would increase by £3,500 a year, or £70 a week.
Andrew Gwynne said:
“Caring is one of the most important jobs in our country, so it’s shameful that so many care workers are so poorly paid.
“We need care workers’ wages to reflect the importance and skill of their role and increasing pay to £10 an hour would be a really good start.
“I’d like once again to all of those working in the social care system for their amazing work, particularly during the pandemic where they have put their own lives at risk to look after others.”