Westminster Labour Councillors have called on Westminster Council to ensure that all Care Workers are paid the London Living Wage, currently set at £8.30p an hour. Labour also call for Care Staff to be paid their travel costs between visits, rather than having to bear the costs themselves out of their taxed income.
Labour say that a recent survey by Advocay Plus, which provides advocates trained to support people by speaking up on their behalf, recommends that “pay structures and working conditions of care workers should be reconsidered at the highest level”.
According to Andrew Webster, Westminster’s Tri-Borough Director of Adult Services,
“At present, we are applying different approaches to wage levels in the different boroughs. Kensington & Chelsea do specify a living wage. Hammersmith & Fulham and Westminster do not. “
Councillor Paul Dimoldenberg, Leader of the Labour Group, said;
“Care workers deserve to get a decent wage and the London Living Wage is acknowledged to be the benchmark for today’s responsible employers. It is unbelievable that Westminster Council, which likes to call itself a ‘world leader’, still does not pay require its contractors to pay the London Living Wage. It is time for Westminster Conservatives to enter the 21st century and to ensure that all care workers are paid a decent wage so that they can afford to live in London.”