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Sheffield City Council signs UNISON Ethical Care Charter (02/11/17)

Sheffield City Council has committed to delivering pay protections to its employees working in the care sector, including paying staff the living wage and providing occupational sick pay. The commitment forms part of UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter, which Sheffield City Council signed on 27 October 2017.

The charter provides minimum standards for residential and home care providers, and sets out a series of protections for care staff. This includes paying employees the voluntary living wage rate of at least £8.45 an hour, not using zero hours contracts, providing occupational sick pay and regular free training opportunities, as well as setting out a clear and accountable process for staff to raise concerns.

Under the charter agreement, Sheffield City Council has also committed to paying home care staff for their travel time and expenses, as well as providing opportunities for employees to meet together in order to avoid potential isolation. The ethical care charter also requires that residential care staff are paid for unsocial hours and sleep-ins.

The over-riding objective behind the Charter was to establish a minimum baseline for the safety, quality and dignity of care by ensuring employment conditions such as-
a) Do not routinely short-change clients and
b) Ensure the recruitment and retention of a more stable workforce through more sustainable pay, conditions and training levels. Rather than councils seeking to achieve savings by driving down the pay and conditions that have been the norm for council – employed staff, they should be using these as a benchmark against which to level up.
Homecare workers are personally propping up a deteriorating system of adult social care, but they are being pushed to breaking point. That they are still willing to deliver good levels of care in spite of the system is nothing short of heroic. For the system to work it needs to be underpinned by adequate funding and a workforce whose terms and conditions reflect the respect and value they deserve.

Quotes from carers

“I never seem to have enough time for the human contact and care that these people deserve.”

“A lot of the people I care for, are old and lonely, they are not only in need of physical support, but they are also in need of company and someone to talk to. The times given to these people are the bare minimum to get the job done, no time for a chat, just in and out. ”

“People are being failed by a system which does not recognise importance of person centred care.”

“We are poorly paid and undervalued except by the people we care for!”

“I have worked as homecare worker for 15 years. Things have to change but not at the expensive of clients. It’s appalling the care they receive now.

Home care and residential care staff provide a vital and valuable service to some of the most vulnerable residents in Sheffield and we want to ensure that they are recognised for the invaluable work that they do alongside improving the quality of care for Sheffield Citizens.

Sheffield City Councillors clearly outline the authority’s position on academies (26/10/17)

UNISON welcomes local councillors from the Park and Arbourthorne ward, including Julie Dore Leader of Sheffield City Council and the Heeley MP Louise Haigh, clearly outlining the local authority’s position on schools voluntarily opting to become academies.

You can find the letter from Labour Councillors Jack Scott, Julie Dore, Ben Miskell and Louise Haigh here...

School Funding England (10/10/17)

The Department for Education (DfE) has announced the outcome of their consultation of the future of school funding in England. There are some significant changes from the original proposals announced earlier in the year.

They have stated that there will be an additional £1.3 billion pounds for school funding over the next two years and that no local authority will face cuts in per pupil funding. They have also introduced increased minimum funding levels for the lowest funded authorities that will give some schools more significant increases in funding.

These improvements would never have happened without the campaign by trade unions, parents and communities to expose the cuts being faced by schools. I would like to take this opportunity to thank members and branches for all their work in campaigning against school cuts.

Whilst UNISON has cautiously welcomed these improvements to the proposals, we do not believe they are enough and we still have major concerns about the future of school funding.

UNISON Concerns

  • The extra £1.3 billion is not new money. It has been recycled from other areas of the DfE budget.
  • It still represents a below inflation increase in funding for schools.
  • 88% of schools will still face real terms cuts in per pupil funding
  • There is no certainty about what will happen with school funding after 2019/20
  • The settlement does nothing to reverse that substantial funding cuts that schools have suffered since 2010.
  • Schools continue to struggle with limited resources and increasing class sizes
  • There’s no additional money for early years or sixth form pupils

School Funding Lobby 24 October

UNISON believes that there needs to be a substantial increase in funding for schools and that the Chancellor, Philip Hammond needs to increase school funding when he sets next year’s budget in November.

That’s why UNISON and other education unions are holding a Lobby Against School Cuts on 24 October. We have to show MPs that school funding is still in crisis and that real increases in funding are needed.

The lobby will take place on 24 October, from 9:30am onwards at Emmanuel Centre, Marsham St, Westminster SW1P 3DW.
For more information about the lobby and for details on how to contact your MP click here

What UNISON wants

We are calling on the Chancellor to invest in education and children and young people when he delivers his Budget statement to Parliament this autumn. We want:

  • additional funding to reverse all funding cuts to date
  • the resources to implement a fair funding formula
  • no real terms cuts to any school over the next five years.
  • Fair funding for early years and sixth form pupils

Further information on school cuts can also be found on the joint unions’ school cuts website:   click here

School cuts - is yours one of them? (10/10/17)
Forthcoming UNISON Conferences - apply by 13/10/17 to attend (08/09/17)

Black Members Conference
Friday 19th January - Sunday 21st January 2018
BT Convention Centre

Women Members Conference
Thursday 1st February – Saturday 3rd February 2018
BT Convention Centre

To apply to attend either conference, please complete the Nomination Form pdf
and return to:

UNISON Branch Office
Arundel Gate Court
175 Arundel Gate
Sheffield S1 2LQ
Tel: 0114 2736307
Fax: 0114 2766412
email: lgbranch@sheffunison.org.uk

Closing date for nominations - 12 noon, Friday 13th October 2017

Foster for Sheffield (06/04/17)

Foster for Sheffield

Foster carers make a real difference to the lives of children and young people who come into their care. UNISON is therefore pleased to support Sheffield City Council in their aim to recruit new fosters carers. Please see attached an appeal for new foster carers from long standing foster carer Betty Gray pdf

Your sincerely
Lisa Smith


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