The perception of Adult Social Care workers took a dramatic turn this year as the Coronavirus pandemic impacted on all our lives. Often perceived as low skilled, those looking after our most vulnerable were suddenly elevated in the public eye to ‘key workers’.
The Scottish Government guidelines on payment of the real Living Wage to frontline adult care workers servicing funded care, do not extend to all workers in the sector, including other essential non-frontline staff.
Many care employers have embraced the real Living Wage, not only to meet funding requirements, but also to ensure that all their staff earn at least a rate of pay based on the cost of living, helping to raise living standards and improve public perceptions.
Living Wage accreditation is not only a celebration of that business decision, but also signals support for the wider Living Wage movement’s aim to tackle in-work poverty.
This online event will present a summary of the real Living Wage, the Living Wage movement in Scotland, and the benefits of accreditation. Guest speakers will also present their experience and insights into the need for the real Living Wage in Adult Social Care.
Suitable for all private and third-sector Adult Social Care employers in Scotland, including those that are considering implementing the real Living Wage; interested in adding their voice to the Living Wage movement in Scotland by accrediting as a Living Wage employer; and, those that have already achieved accreditation and wish to understand, share or maximise the benefits.
11.00am: Welcome and introduction
11.10am: Living Wage Scotland
11.25am: Guest Speaker (1)
11:35am: Guest Speaker (2)