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Fair care: a workforce strategy for social care

Examines the challenges facing the social care workforce in England and the evidence of the growing social care workforce crisis. Explains that adult social care currently provides 1.3 million jobs in England and that there needs to be an increase of 2.6% a year to keep up with the demand. Argues that the social care workforce faces poor working conditions with the sector being characterised by low pay, insecurity and a lack of investment in training. Considers that this is affecting the ability of the sector to recruit and retain staff and that Brexit may exacerbate the crisis especially in London. Explores how the workforce crisis has a negative impact on both staff and the quality of care they provide. Examines the underlying causes of the problems in the sector finding that under-funding and poor commissioning practices have contributed to low pay and poor job quality. Sets out a workforce strategy for social care. Argues that a sustainable long-term funding settlement, sectoral collective bargaining, paying workers the real living wage and professionalising the sector are essential if social care is to be improved.


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Dromey, Joe; Hochlaf, Dean
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Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)

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