Stirling Council adopts UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter
Adopting the charter means the council will guarantee appropriate pay, training and working standards for care workers, leading to a better quality of care for the thousands of service users who rely on it.
The council’s commitments include implementing the living wage, agreeing clear procedures for following up care concerns and scheduling visits so that workers are not forced to rush their time with clients.
Staff who provide care at clients homes will be paid for travel time and travel costs, the council pledged at last week’s signing, while visits will be provided on the basis of the individuals assessed needs and visits times are scheduled accordingly.
And where an individual’s care needs change, the council promised, the appropriate adjustments will be made.
UNISON branch secretary Lorraine Thomson said: “Social care workers provide a lifeline service for vulnerable people and they deserve fair work, better pay and ethical employment practices.
“This charter will help improve standards and retain highly valued staff in all homecare providers across Stirling. By signing up to the Ethical Care Charter, Stirling council has demonstrated a shared commitment to ensure improved quality of care for some of the most vulnerable people in Stirling.”
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