North Ayrshire Council sign up to Ethical Care Pledge is great news, say UNISON

North Ayrshire Council has adopted UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter, to ensure the delivery of high standards in homecare and better conditions for homecare workers. This is great news for vulnerable service users, their families and homecare staff says UNISON

The Ethical Care Charter was developed by UNISON following concerns raised across the UK about the standards of homecare vulnerable people were getting. A survey highlighted fears that poor terms and conditions for staff were leading to lower standards of care for mostly elderly and vulnerable people who use homecare services.

North Ayrshire Council will formally adopt the Charter on Thursday 19th January. This means that UNISON has recognised the high standards of care delivered and the emphasis on recruiting and retaining homecare staff.

The Charter’s aim is to ensure social care workers have the time they need with clients rather than be restricted to a specific time slot. It will also mean they are paid for their travel time and costs. Where possible people will see the same homecare worker and zero hour contracts will not be used in place of permanent contracts.

Staff will also be paid at least the Living Wage and will be covered by an occupation sick pay scheme to ensure that staff are not presurised to work when they are ill – which also protects the welfare of their vulnerable clients.

Louise McDaid, secretary of UNISON North Ayrshire branch said ‘We are delighted that North Ayrshire Council is one of the first councils in Scotland to adopt UNISON’S Ethical Care Charter. It demonstrates our shared commitment to ensure improved quality of care for some of the most vulnerable people in North Ayrshire.

Social care workers provide a life line service for vulnerable people. And signing up to the UNISON charter shows commitment to a highly skilled workforce and those they care for. The workforce need fair work, better pay and ethical employment practices. It will help improve standards and retain highly valued staff in all homecare providers across Ayrshire.  We look forward to working with North Ayrshire Council and others to improve our care services across the region.’

UNISON contacts

Louise McDaid, secretary of UNISON North Ayrshire branch, 07989 544 162

Danny Phillips, communications officer, 07944 664 110