Laura Sharman 14 September 2021

Union calls for 'new deal' for Shared Lives foster carers

Union calls for new deal for Shared Lives foster carers  image

Councils have been urged to provide a 'pay rise' and respite care for Shared Lives foster carers who look after vulnerable adults in their homes.

Trade union Unite said that while some councils are 'excellent' at supporting these carers, many haven’t received an increase in payments or any paid respite care for at least a decade.

It has published a four-point ‘new deal’ for Shared Lives foster carers that includes providing at least £315 a week for care and support, £100 a week to cover the cost of food and utilities expenses, and housing benefit to be paid in full to carers.

The union also said carers should not be ‘victimised’ if they challenge their pay and conditions.

Unite regional officer, Richard Stanforth, said: ‘Many Shared Lives carers cannot take paid or unpaid holiday, as some councils refuse to provide respite care, and many of them have not had a ‘rise’ in more than a decade which is disgraceful considering the soaring cost of living in recent times.

’Most of the people they care for have learning difficulties, but the schemes have expanded the types of people they will host to include people with mental health difficulties and victims of trafficking.

’They are proud to be ‘Shared Lives’ carers, but some employers have victimised and threatened carers for trying to secure better rights. Their biggest fear is that they will lose the people they care for – many of whom have lived with the carers for years and have become much-loved family members.’

Previous research by Social Finance shows that Shared Lives carers save councils £26,000 per year for every person they look after at home compared to being looked after in a care home.

For your free daily news bulletin
Highways jobs

Fostering Team Leader

Royal Borough of Greenwich
£49827 - £52866 per annum
FOSTERING TEAM LEADERRoyal Greenwich Fostering Service is a vibrant and exciting place to work. We are an innovative Fostering Service that is providi England, London, Woolwich
Recuriter: Royal Borough of Greenwich

Network and Programme Manager – Highways & Drainage

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council
£41,881 - £44,863 per annum (Grade 11)
We are looking for an experienced, motivated and enthusiastic person to manage our Network Management and Streetworks teams. Neath, Neath Port Talbot (Castell-nedd Port Talbot)
Recuriter: Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

National Marine Park Interim Chief Executive

Plymouth Sound National Marine Park
£80,000 to 90,000 dependent on experience
We are now seeking to appoint an inspirational and entrepreneurial interim Chief Executive, on an initial 2 year fixed term appointment, to... Plymouth, Devon
Recuriter: Plymouth Sound National Marine Park

Senior Accountant x2

Islington London Borough Council
£39,462 - £45,594 per annum
There are two roles currently being advertised, one working with our Resources finance team, and one with our Housing and Public Health finance team. Islington, London (Greater)
Recuriter: Islington London Borough Council

Team Leader Building Works

Bedford Borough Council
£38,890 - £43,857 per annum
Building Services are seeking an enthusiastic Team Leader to oversee the Building Works team direct labour unit. Bedford, Bedfordshire
Recuriter: Bedford Borough Council

Public Property

Latest issue - Public Property News

This issue of Public Property examines how how flexible workspaces can lead the way in regeneration for local authorities, Why local authority intervention is key to successful urban regeneration schemes and if the Government’s challenge of embracing beauty is an opportunity for communities.

The March issue also takes a closer look at Blackburn with Darwen Council's first digital health hub to help people gain control over health and care services.

Register for your free digital issue