Liz Kendall has declared that care workers have been “undervalued and underpaid for too long” following the publication of a new report warning of a looming recruitment crisis in the sector if conditions do not improve.
Responding to the release of research by Age UK this morning, the shadow minister for social care described the “immense sacrifices” made by care workers in the pandemic and stressed the need for a long-term plan for reform.
In its report, Time to bring our care workers in from the cold, the charity raised concerns over low pay and a sustained lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as highlighting the 122,000 care sector job vacancies needing to be filled.
Kendall said today: “Care staff have made immense sacrifices to look after our loved ones throughout this pandemic. Care workers have been undervalued and underpaid for too long, and it is time the government took action to fix this.
“We need a long-term plan for the care workforce as part of wider reforms to tackle the crisis in social care. The Prime Minister must bring forward a plan to reform these vital services by the end of the year and make sure our care workforce get the recognition they deserve.”