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Lib Dems set out plans for minimum care standards and care worker retention

Liberal Democrat election plans to create minimum standards of care and free personal care have been met warmly by care leaders.

In the 2024 general election manifesto, the Lib Dems have also pledged to creating a new Carer’s Minimum Wage, boosting the minimum wage for care workers by £2 an hour, and boost skills through new career pathways, and the creation of a Royal College of Care Workers to represent care workers.

Other pledges include to increase transparency and accountability in local authority spending   

Noting that the Lib Dems are the first party to meaningfully address social care, Health Foundation chief executive Dr Jennifer Dixon said:Free personal care would be an improvement on the current threadbare safety net, though the funding earmarked for this will not be enough. Plans to increase wages and improve the professional status of care workers are also positive, but the scale of the challenge shouldn’t be underestimated, with one in 10 posts in the sector currently vacant.”  

Welcoming the Royal College for Care Workers, Care Workers’ Charity CEO Karolina Gerlich said: “A career ladder for care workers and pay differentials … provide care workers with opportunities for advancement and professional growth.”

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