NEW SOCIAL CARE DEAL TO INCORPORATE LONDON LIVING WAGE – STAFF TO GET MINIMUM £8.80 AN HOUR
Changes to how Croydon council commissions social care providers will ensure they pay their staff the London Living Wage for new contracts, say Croydon council.
The council said in a statement it is to launch an integrated framework agreement which brings together community-based social care services.
“A total of 58 providers have been appointed to cover areas including housing support; personal care; home care; and children’s support and care.
“As part of the new administration’s commitment for the council to become a fully-accredited London Living Wage employer, providers taking on new contracts will pay their staff at least £8.80/hour.
“The objective of the integrated framework agreement is to ensure that people can live more independently and remain in their own home by bringing together services.
“The integrated framework will support the council in securing a more consistent approach to quality, at an affordable price, across all types of community based provision.
“A key objective is to reward good quality providers that deliver the personal outcomes which service users want to achieve.
“Providers who are successful in this will receive more business from the council.
“A large number of providers have formed partnerships with voluntary sector and other small organisations to provide these services which will help to stimulate the local market.
“The council will work in partnership with domiciliary care providers supporting some of the most vulnerable residents in the borough, while raising the standing of the importance of this work, and the skills and knowledge involved.”
Cllr Louisa Woodley, cabinet member for people and communities, said: “The integrated framework agreement will bring together all community based social care services under a single arrangement, providing the council with a more coherent approach to commissioning services in future.
“Crucially, this will enable people to live more independently and remain in their own home.
“It also sees the fulfilment of our commitment for the council to become a London Living Wage employer, with 58 of our providers signing up.” (Source: Croydon council press release)