£2m real living wage rise will make a difference for Blackpool workers
Staff at 73 businesses across the city providing adult social care, including care homes, will see their hourly wages rise to £9.90 as part of a pledge to support ‘real’ living wages.
That’s above the national living wage for people aged 23 and over, which rose from £8.91 to £9.50 per hour from April 1 this year.
It was reached after the council worked with providers to base its rates on paying the actual living wage.
Providers will use the increased fee rate to pay their staff a higher base hourly rate of pay in a move that it is hoped will help them retain staff and boost recruitment.
Councilor Jo Farrell, Cabinet Member for Adult Welfare, said: “It has become clear that the most effective way to address persistent recruitment and retention challenges is to improve pay and benefits. conditions of our social welfare staff.
“During the pandemic, our social care staff were, in my eyes, true heroes who gave of themselves selflessly to protect the most vulnerable in our communities.
“It’s critical that we do what we can to support the recruitment and retention of this most valuable workforce.”
She added: “There will be vetting procedures in place to ensure this investment is reflected in the salaries of care staff and I would encourage anyone who is concerned about this to get in touch.”
Kevin Lavery, chief executive of NHS Lancashire and the South Cumbria Integrated Care Board, also welcomed the move.
He said: “This investment is a good example of the greater integration we need in health and care and aims to see more of the future.
“This funding helps recognize the compassion and care that social service staff have shown while playing an instrumental role during the pandemic.
“Social care has maintained support for some of the most vulnerable people in our population and is essential for maintaining people’s independence in the community, as well as supporting them when recovery and rehabilitation is needed.”