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Jeremy Hunt has told MPs the NHS pay cap has been scrapped, but was unable to rule out cutting health services to fund rises above 1%. The Health Secretary said it was recognised the cap "wasn't sustainable" for the future, adding he was hoping for a "win-win" result after confirming…
A foster carer is launching a claim over her employment rights in what could be a landmark legal case. Sarah Anderson, who is used by Hampshire County Council, argues that she is a worker and entitled to rights including holiday pay. The Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain (IWGB) will…
One in four workers would have to be in hospital before they took a day off sick, revealing a "worrying" attitude to taking time off, a new study reveals. A survey of 1,000 employees by insurance group Canada Life found that nine out of 10 had gone to work while…
A good work-life balance is important and it’s something we often talk about. In today’s ‘always on’ culture it can feel like the lines between work and personal life are often blurred, with smartphones and other technologies allowing us to be switched on 24/7. With the UK’s workforce becoming increasingly…
The Government has announced a one-month suspension of minimum wage enforcement for sleep-in shifts in the social care sector while it establishes if the industry needs more financial support. Organisations including charities had been given until October 2 to agree back pay following an employment tribunal decision that workers should…
The adult social care sector workforce has increased to 1.58 million and contributed an estimated £41.8 billion to the English economy reveals ‘The State of the adult social care sector and workforce’ report published today by Skills for Care. Skills for Care produced this estimate of the contribution made, in…
Learning disability charity The Royal Mencap Society (Mencap) has again called for the Government to honour its obligation to fund statutory care for some of the most vulnerable people in our society. A change in guidance on pay for carers who provide so-called "sleep-in" care could leave some families liable…
With half of social workers intending to leave their jobs soon, the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) and Social Workers Union (SWU) have launched a new campaign to improve professional working conditions.The recent UK Social Workers: Working Conditions and Wellbeing study paints an extremely worrying picture of ‘spun out’…
Leaders of more than a million health workers have submitted an above inflation pay claim directly to the Government, ramping up pressure for an end to years of wage austerity. Fourteen health unions including Unison, the Royal College of Nursing, the Royal College of Midwives, the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy,…
A DUP MP has said his party could support a Labour motion calling for an end to the public sector pay cap in the NHS. Ian Paisley's comments leave the Government facing defeat in the Commons if the motion is put to a vote. The Government only commands a majority…
The seven-year public sector pay cap is to be scrapped from next year, with ministers given "flexibility" to breach the long-standing limit of 1% on rises. The announcement came as Downing Street unveiled a 1.7% hike for prison officers and improvements totalling 2% in police pay for 2017/18. The end…
The healthcare industry is continuously under fire in the news recently, with extreme staff shortages and poor working conditions hitting the headlines. This is becoming a large problem, especially bearing in mind that the UK’s ageing population is in constant need of high standards of care. The pressure is on…
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