Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council has become the latest council to sign up to UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter.
The Council is committed to improving the quality of care they provide to the borough’s 1,700 residents who receive care at home from care companies contracted to the council.
Councillor David Walsh, the Cabinet Member for Adult Services at Redcar & Cleveland Council said: “We have worked in partnership with the care companies who carry out our home care work to ensure that they comply with best practice in terms of wages and working conditions, as well as performing a top class service for those elderly or vulnerable people who require care and attention to help their quality of life.
“The new contract that has been agreed with by the local care industry and provides for an annual uplift in recognition of the new National Living Wage, provide for the payment for staff in between home calls and is so structured that all staff regardless of age will be paid at least the National Living Wage.
“We are pleased that this charter has been awarded and see it as a mark of good practice involving the whole care community – the council, the staff undertaking the day in, day out work, Trade Unions like UNISON and the care companies.”