3-5 February 2023 – the weekend’s press releases (part 2)

  • One in seven have stayed at home to look after a relative due to lack of care staff
  • Truss Piece: Withdraw the £115,000 Ex-PM Allowance

One in seven have stayed at home to look after a relative due to lack of care staff

  • One in seven had to stay at home to look after a relative because of lack of care workers
  • Lib Dem Leader calls for new ‘Carer’s Minimum Wage’ to tackle chronic staff shortages in social care
  • New figures reveal care workers paid less than those in retail, hospitality and supermarkets

A staggering one in seven UK adults say they’ve had to stay at home to look after a relative over the last 12 months due to a lack of care workers, a new poll has revealed.

The survey, commissioned by the Liberal Democrats, reveals millions of Brits have had to step in to look after a loved one due to a lack of professional carers in their area. A further one in five (22%) UK adults say either they or someone else they know have paid for a private carer to look after a relative.

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey is today announcing proposals for a new Carer’s Minimum Wage, to tackle the huge staff shortages in the social care sector. Under the Liberal Democrat plans, social care workers would be paid at least £2 an hour more than the current minimum wage, bringing their pay up to at least £11.50 an hour today – and £12.42 from this April. The proposals would benefit 850,000 workers, making up more than half of all people working in frontline care.

The Liberal Democrats have said that the Government must give councils an extra £1bn a year to cover the higher staff costs, and say ministers must always take account of minimum wage rises when setting social care budgets. The party says its policy would be funded by increasing the tax on online gambling providers’ profits, known as Remote Gaming Duty, to 42%. Research by Public Health England has revealed gambling’s negative health impact and the pressures that it puts on the healthcare system.

The proposals would tackle soaring staff vacancies in the care sector. There are currently a staggering 165,000 vacancies in social care, up 55,000 since last year, with one in nine frontline care jobs vacant. These chronic staff shortages are leading to patients being left stuck in hospital waiting for social care, contributing to record-breaking waits in A&E and dangerous ambulance handover delays.

The crisis has been worsened by many care home workers leaving for better paid jobs in other sectors. New analysis from the House of Commons Library shows that the typical weekly salary of care and home workers is currently £447, compared to £468 for those working in hospitality, £477 for supermarket workers and £485 for those working in retail.

Liberal Democrat Leader Ed Davey said:

It is heart-breaking that millions of elderly and vulnerable people across the country are struggling to get the care they need and deserve.

Our care homes are collapsing under the weight of years of broken Conservative promises.

This social care crisis is also having a devastating impact on the NHS, contributing to record long waits at A&E and terrible ambulance delays. Thousands of people are stranded in hospital beds because there simply aren’t enough care workers to look after them at home or in a care home.

The first step to fixing this mess is to pay those working in social care more, to prevent the exodus of workers to supermarkets and other better paid jobs. I have seen first-hand the incredible job that care workers do day in and day out. This is a skilled and crucial job and it should be paid more.

Truss Piece: Withdraw the £115,000 Ex-PM Allowance

With the release of the 4,000 word piece by Liz Truss in the Sunday Telegraph, the Liberal Democrats are calling for the removal of her £115k a year ex-PM dividend funded by the taxpayer.

Former Prime Ministers are able to claim a sum of money from the taxpayer to fund office costs, under the Public Duty Costs Allowance (PDCA). The ability to access this sum – currently set at £115k a year – lasts for life.

That means that over the next decade, Truss will be able to claim a maximum total of £1.15 million from the taxpayer, presuming the £115k limit stays fixed. That sum of money could fund almost 4,000 ambulance trips or nearly 30,000 GP appointments.

Liberal Democrat Deputy Leader, Daisy Cooper MP said:

Liz Truss will go down in history as the Prime Minister who couldn’t last more than 50 days and blew a massive hole in the nation’s budget on the way out.

Her disastrous reign as Prime Minister left the economy in shambles and the Conservative party is making overstretched taxpayers bear the brunt.

Allowing Truss to pocket this cash while the British public continue to suffer the consequences of her botched mini-budget, with spiralling bills, mortgage rates and inflation is a slap in the face.

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  • nigel hunter 6th Feb '23 - 11:22pm

    The party could also CAMPAIGN ON an act re offshore accounts THEY HAVE TO PAY A PROPORTION OF THE MONEY IN TAXES IN THE uk.
    The money paid to EX PMs should stop when they are no longer in that office.If they are still MPs afterwards as is May etc the money should go back to what MPs are allowed as MPs.
    It just seems that it is a gravy chain at the taxpayer/voters expense

  • Mick Taylor 7th Feb '23 - 8:23am

    There are currently 7 former PMs being paid this money. It is common practice in many countries to pay salaries/allowances to former heads of state. Personally, I would pay any of our 7 former PMs in washers, but either we pay them all or we pay none of them, by repealing the Public Duty Cost Allowance legislation. To single out one is petty. None of them were great Prime Ministers.

  • Helen Dudden 7th Feb '23 - 12:30pm

    I believe that subsidised food at Westminster is one bit of housing keeping that could be added. Alcohol is not meant for the workplace.
    Often these ex ministers have second jobs. Many have made extra on various schemes along the way.

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