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Proposed pay increase announced for care workers in Hertfordshire

by Lisa Carr

Hertfordshire County Council has announced a potential £18m investment to increase pay and recognise the vital contribution of those working in care in Hertfordshire.

As part of its Integrated Plan budget consultation, the annual engagement with residents on how their council tax is spent, the council is proposing an increase in the wages of people working in social care across Hertfordshire.

The proposed increase would be funded from the Adult Social Care Precept, a dedicated proportion of the money collected as part of council tax to support social care services for adults. These are services which help people older people and those with physical, learning disabilities or mental health needs to carry out their daily routines and live well.

The funding, which would be paid to care providers commissioned by the county council, could see an increase in minimum hourly rates up to £10.30. This would take the minimum pay of people working in care in the county to 80p above the national living wage of £9.50 an hour from April 2022.

Leader of the Council, Richard Roberts, said: “The social care sector has faced unimaginable pressures over the last two years as a result of the pandemic, and time and again staff have gone above and beyond to care for those who need support across the county.

“The care workforce plays a vital role in ensuring everyone in our county has the support they need to live healthy, safe, and fulfilling lives, and the proposed investment demonstrates the value and importance of this work and our continued commitment to ensuring staff have pay and recognition that reflects this.”

The county council recently secured £13.05m funding from the government and local NHS partners, as well as using council reserves, to provide bonus payments of up to £600 each for people working in commissioned social care services. The payments will be made to providers to pass onto staff as an acknowledgment of the key role they play in supporting local health services, and the pressures they are facing this winter. The bonus will be paid to staff who remain in post until the end of February 2022. 

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