In October 2013 Citizens UK launched a Social Care Campaign - a new movement of care recipients, their families, care workers, and communities, calling for better quality social care and a better deal for care workers.
Representatives from Citizens UK member churches, synagogues, mosques, schools, and universities gathered to launch the Citizens UK Care Charter, which calls on civil society, Government, care providers and commissioners to come together and play their part to implement better standards.
The charter calls for:
- Ensure that care workers are trained in dealing with dementia\
- Ensure that 90% of care is provided by a small team of named care workers
- An end to 15 minute care visits
Dignity in work
- Care workers to be paid a real Living Wage that meets the cost of living and paid for travel time
You can download the full Citizens UK Social Care charter below:
Camden and Islington Borough Councils are the first two Local Authorities to support the movement.
The Living Wage Foundation is an initiative of Citizens UK and plays an active role in supporting and developing the Social Care Campaign. This includes working with all accredited councils that provide social care to involve them in the movement.
The Social Care Campaign aims to secure a government deal that integrates health and social care services, provides sufficient funding for quality care provision, and is supported by communities, care workers, care providers and commissioners. It was launched in the run up to the 2015 General Election.
Accredited Living Wage employers in social care ensure all staff members earn the real Living Wage for every hour worked, including travel time.