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Social care in England is running as a "Cinderella service" - with the sector undervalued and its workers poorly rewarded, the National Audit Office (NAO) has said. A new report into the adult social care workforce in England concludes that the Department of Health and Social Care is not doing…
Millions of workers are to receive new employment rights from the first day in a job, including the enforcement of holiday and sick pay under "major" Government reforms. Ministers said the UK will become one of the first countries to tackle the challenges of the changing world of work, pledging…
Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said care workers are "grossly underpaid" and pledged £8 billion of extra funding for social care if elected. He made the comments during a visit to Milton Keynes University Hospital on Thursday morning, where he toured the A&E and cancer wards and spoke to patients.…
New guidance has been issued to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work after a huge increase in calls for advice. The conciliation service Acas said it received more than 14,000 calls last year on the subjects, a 10% rise on the previous year. Firms are being urged to make…
Unions have attacked the Chancellor for "letting down" millions of public sector workers over the controversial cap on their pay. Philip Hammond raised the prospect of increases for NHS staff, but only if productivity is improved. Unions representing other public sector workers including council staff, civil servants and teachers have…
One in three graduates left their job within a year of starting, mainly complaining the role did not match what they were offered, a new study shows. Research by graduate careers site Magnet.me found that fewer young people are attending careers fairs as a way of finding out about jobs.…
More than one in 20 nurses have been forced to take out a payday loan to cover their everyday expenses, a new poll suggests. The Royal College of Nursing's (RCN) workforce survey found that 6% of nurses have been forced to take out one of the high interest rate loans…
Northern Ireland's cash-strapped health service is paying up to £120 an hour for agency nurses as it struggles to plug chronic staff shortages, it can be revealed. Hospitals and clinics are becoming increasingly reliant on agency nurses due to difficulties in filling staff posts. The Press Association has learned that…
The Government would recoup nearly half the cost of lifting the NHS pay cap though higher tax receipts and lower welfare payments, a think tank has said. The cost of increasing pay in line with inflation in the health service would be £1.8 billion per year by 2019/20, analysis by…
A Conservative MP has highlighted the "shameful" gap in travel expenses received by MPs compared with low-paid care workers. Speaking during an Opposition Day debate on social care, Andrew Selous (pictured) said: "It should shame every one of us in this House, as MPs we get 45 pence a mile…
Care workers who cover sleepover shifts are to be paid the real living wage. Health Secretary Shona Robison said carers employed overnight to provide support will now receive the real living wage of £8.45. Care workers have been paid the real living wage for non-sleepover hours since October last year.…
One in four low paid workers are "permanently stuck" in poorly paid jobs, with little chance of earning higher salaries, a new study finds. Low pay is "endemic" in the UK, especially among women in their early 20s who juggle work with childcare responsibilities, said the Social Mobility Commission. Research…
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