We CAN put a price on care
Join Deputy Leader, Dr Hannah Barham-Brown and other exciting speakers as we rally together and campaign for carers and care workers!
Our reliance on care as an economy and society has been revealed to everyone during COVID, and exacerbated by the government’s mishandling of the pandemic. Women do the majority of both paid and unpaid care and neither is valued. Gaps in formal social care (and there are many) forced women to take responsibility for unpaid care, which impacts their income, employment and health. And the average care worker is paid just £8.50 per hour and last year there were 112,000 vacancies before COVID began. Carers have been forgotten in the COVID response and social care workers have been required to take extraordinary risks for poverty wages and it has to stop.
It’s time to show that we value care
- On Thursday 4th March, you will receive a downloadable and printable ‘price tag’ which sets out how paid and unpaid care have been undervalued. We are reminding the public that we must recognise and value unpaid carers and care workers by calling for additional support and better conditions.
- Using the guide, you can print and fold the paper asset into a price tag and take a picture or short video of yourself wearing the tag around your wrist or pinned to your chest. There will also be a digital version or you could make it from scratch.
- That evening, join our rally at 7.45 pm, hear from our speakers and then we'll all post together on social media at 8.00 pm, campaigning for carers and care workers.