Denton and Reddish MP, Andrew Gwynne, has thanked council staff and social workers who will be working this Christmas period.

Almost 600,000 care staff care for adults will be working on either Christmas or Boxing Day this year. The staff will be offering vital support for people in care homes, hospices, or helping to look after people in their own home.

Over 4,000 council workers involved in safeguarding vulnerable children will also be on duty over the Christmas period, working in children’s homes, secure facilities, and in emergency response teams.

England’s army of 8,000 bin collectors and street cleaners will also be needed to work over the festive period, dealing with the usual seasonal increase in waste.

The overwhelming majority of care workers are women, and are employed or commissioned by employed or commissioned by councils or the NHS, and over 75% of local authority staff are women.

Andrew Gwynne MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, said:

“At Christmas, we often remember the emergency services and those who work in the NHS, but so many of our public services are delivered by local councils.

 

“I want to say a big thank you to council workers across England who will be working over this festive period.”

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