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To: The UK Government

Pay Carers the Minimum Wage

Pay Carers the Minimum Wage

Pay the equivalent of a 35 hours a week minimum wage for full time carers. At the current £8.21 minimum wage that would be £287.35 pw

Why is this important?

The current rate for carers who provide AT LEAST 35 hours of care a week for their loved ones is £66.15 per week.
If the carer works for any significant number of hours, this is reduced. But for many carers, the care they provide is 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with little or no option to go to work, as who would then care for their loved one?

For this, the government provides less than quarter of the minimum wage a week, leaving many carers and their families in a very difficult position financially, when they are already often under extreme stress due to the challenges of providing full time care.

If the state where to look after the person in need of care, in a Care home or similar institution, it would cost several thousand pounds a month and possibly more.

Most people would prefer to live at home with their loved ones, not in a care home, so let's make that a properly financed option.

Let's get that into the Manifesto of all parties for the forthcoming election!

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Reasons for signing

  • Also it shouldn’t be taken out of universal credits I look after my mom for way more than 35hrs a week, and most of that carers allowance goes on things to help me Then what I get for carers allowance gets taken out of my universal credits for my children 😡
  • If you were employed as a full time carer you get more than a full time minimum wage... if you care full time for a family member you get absolutely nothing and have no time to work either it’s an absolute joke!! £66 per week for working 40-50hours a week is disgusting.
  • Carers deserve a wage.

Updates

2019-11-12 20:52:46 +0000

5,000 signatures reached

2019-11-10 16:29:27 +0000

1,000 signatures reached

2019-11-09 15:56:05 +0000

500 signatures reached

2019-11-08 23:32:14 +0000

100 signatures reached

2019-11-06 21:23:22 +0000

50 signatures reached

2019-11-06 14:18:34 +0000

25 signatures reached

2019-11-06 11:51:36 +0000

10 signatures reached