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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-19920: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 16 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take to encourage employers of social care staff to pay them at a level higher than the Scottish Living Wage.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 27 November 2018

Since October 2016, the Scottish Government has provided funding for adult social care workers to be paid the real Living Wage. This policy is in recognition of the need to improve the working conditions and living standards of front-line staff and improve recruitment and retention within the sector. During 2018-19 this commitment is being extended to sleepover hours.

We consider the real Living Wage to be a minimum requirement and would encourage employers to pay staff at a higher level wherever they are able to do so. We are aware that some care providers pay more than the Living Wage and will continue to work with members of the Living Wage in Care Implementation Group to ensure successful implementation of the policy.