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Call for £500 bonus for unpaid carers in Wales

Plaid call for bonus extension to match Scottish-style deal for all carers

A Plaid Cymru Member of the Senedd is urging the Welsh Government to extend a £500 pound bonus payment announced for social care workers to be extended.

Shadow Local Government Minister Delyth Jewell has said she wants all carers, including unpaid carers and care home staff to receive the same payment.

The Welsh Government announced on the 1st of May that all social care workers will get a cash bonus of £500 each at a cost of £32.2m.

There are approximately 370,000 unpaid carers in Wales provide is worth an estimated £8.1bn to the Welsh economy, but because they aren’t registered as social carers they will not receive the same cash payment as paid carers.


The Shadow Local Government minister said unpaid carers and those not on the register should be given equal pay and parity of recognition with paid carers and called on the Welsh Government to follow the same approach as the Scottish Government.

 

 

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