Stuart McMillan MSP has warmly welcomed the immediate wage increase and sick pay provision for social care staff, especially at a time when they are on the frontline responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Greenock and Inverclyde MSP said the move, agreed between the Scottish Government and COSLA, would see social care staff receive an immediate 3.3% pay increase backdated to 1 April. This means staff will not need to wait for the pay to be backdated at a point later in the year – as has happened in previous years.
Commenting, Stuart said:
“This pay rise will ensure all people providing adult social care receive at least the Real Living Wage, worth £9.30 per hour, for every hour worked with immediate effect, rather than having to wait until later in the year.
“As well as providing an uplift in pay for all social care workers, this package ensures social care providers have both the flexibility to increase wages across their organisations and the necessary funding for sick pay if their employees take unwell or are self-isolating.
“Scotland’s dedicated social care workers are on the frontline of our national pandemic response. Their work is always hugely valued, and never more so than now.
“I want to give my personal thanks to them for all they are doing to provide care to people in this uncertain and unnerving time.”