Should carers be paid a minimum wage?

Carers

To make carers week, TFN asks: should carers be paid a minimum wage?

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15th June 2017 by Graham Martin 1 Comment

Should carers be paid a minimum wage?

Poll results (total votes: 90)

Should carers be paid a minimum wage?
Answer:
Yes
Votes:
79
Ratio:
87.78%
Answer:
No
Votes:
11
Ratio:
12.22%

The rights of carers have come under the spotlight during carers week.

Up and down the UK there are 6.5 million people caring unpaid for an ill, frail or disabled family member or friend.

They contribute a massive amount to society and the economy – but three in four carers feel they are undervalued by society.

This year, carers week focussed on building on building carer friendly communities, which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.

But what are the best ways of doing this? One suggestion has been that carers get a minimum wage, which would give them financial security.

So that’s why we’re asking: should carers be paid a minimum wage?

Vote now and get the debate going by leaving a comment below.

Comments

21st June 2017 by John

As a society we should be progressive and always strive to improve peoples lives. We should not be expecting those with caring responsibilities to sacrifice their own needs and aspirations because they have loved ones requiring a high level of care. Unfortunately, due to 'austerity' that's exactly what we're doing. It's shameful.