10 Jun 2024
by Policy, Practice and Innovation Team

News in brief w/e 14 June 2024

Changing Conversations on Care

The Care Workers’ Charity has issued a Manifesto for the 2024 General Election - Changing Conversations on Care, which asks people to talk about care connecting us all, its value, careworkers’ pay (the charity calls for a £15 minimum wage for care workers) and pride in care.  

Carers Week 10-16 June 2024

The report No Choice But To Care, published in Carers Week 2024, finds that 10 million adults (62% of current and former unpaid carers) had no choice in taking on their caring role.  The research looks at the negative impacts of caring, in terms of health, employment and finances. The report says a National Carers Strategy is needed.

Learning Disability Week 17-23 June 2024

Learning Disability Week has the theme of "Do you see me?" which is about being seen, heard and valued. Mencap's initiative is about challenging the barriers people with a learning disability face, and celebrating the things people with a learning disability bring to society. There is a different topic each day - get involved: Learning Disability Week 2024 | Mencap.

Resources to support providers with LGBTQ+ inclusivity

Skills for Care hs drawn together a range of resources to support providers and their staff improve LGBTQ+ inclusivity in the workplace, to support Pride month in June.

Why the UK really does need a clear plan to fix adult social care

Anna Barford, Principal Research Associate, University of Cambridge and Mia Gray, Professor of Economic Geography, University of Cambridge set out why the UK really does need a clear plan to fix adult social care, in an analysis of the state of social care, and the failure of successive governments to address the issue, in The Conversation.

The Real Living Wage in Social Care: Living Wage Foundation Policy Paper

A paper ‘The Real Living Wage in Social Care: Living Wage’ by the Living Wage Foundation, accompanied by a technical note by the Institute for Public Policy Research, reports that 43% of adult social care workers in England are paid below the real Living Wage and in London, 80% are paid less than the London Living Wage. The paper says a key factor is constrained public funding. A wage uplift of £415 million is needed to pay social care workers in England the UK real Living Wage.

Information for individuals who have whooping cough

The UK Health Security Agency has updated its guidance for individuals who have whooping cough. This describes what whooping cough is, treatment and vaccination. It also covers what happens if the individual diagnosed with whooping cough is a healthcare worker, or living in a household where someone else has symptoms.

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