Sheffield becomes the largest Local Authority in the Country to commit to Ethical Care Charter
An agreement between Sheffield City Council leaders and care provider trade union UNISON promises better homecare for Sheffield residents and more support for care workers.
For residents it means there will be enough time for home visits so workers have time to talk to clients, not rush off to their next appointment. And visits will meet the needs of residents so they get the care and support required.
For homecare workers it means pay for travel time, travel costs and, for those who are entitled, statutory sick pay.
This development comes on top of Sheffield City Council already being a Foundation Living Wage employer for directly employed council staff. And it has banned zero hour contracts replacing of permanent contracts.
Signing the council up to the charter, Sheffield City Council Leader Julie Dore said: “We are absolutely committed that people in Sheffield should receive the high-quality homecare we would all want for ourselves and for our loved ones.
"Such care needs dedicated work from care workers and they need to be rewarded fairly. By signing up for this charter we are ensuring the recruitment and retention of a more stable workforce through better pay, conditions and training levels, which will lead to improved support for those in care.
“We are the largest local authority in the country to sign this charter to date which we’re very proud of.”
Councillor Cate McDonald, Cabinet Member for Health and Social Care, pictured at the event with local workers said, “I am really proud of the fact we have signed up to Unison’s Ethical Care Charter."