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Welsh government planning to pay care workers the real living wage

CARE workers in Wales are to be paid a real living wage under plans announced by the Welsh government.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said boosting salaries for people across the whole of the social care workforce will “recognise the huge contribution” they have made during the coronavirus pandemic.

His government set out its five-year plan today to make Wales “stronger, greener and fairer” following Welsh Labour’s election success, which left it just one seat short of an overall majority in the Senedd.

Aims include everyone under 25 having the offer of work, education, training or self-employment; 30 per cent of workers working remotely; abolishing the use of single-use plastics; and building 20,000 low-carbon social homes for rent.

Mr Drakeford said he hopes plans to pay care workers the real living wage, which currently stands at £9.50 an hour outside London, will come into effect within the first half of this Senedd’s five-year term.


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