LOW pay has been attributed as one reason why recruiting people into the care sector is difficult.

But now Churchill House Care Home in Ludlow has committed to increasing its wages to above the Real Living Wage, for all care staff.

The move will see all care staff currently working at the home, receive a pay rise of up to 12 per cent; with all care staff being paid at least £10.10 per hour, rising upon experience.

The decision to increase pay was made in an effort to reward current staff, who have gone above and beyond to support residents during the pandemic, and to show social care staff that they deserve to be paid a fair wage for the vital work they do.

Steve Evison, Care Home Manager at Churchill House said that the businesses recognises the value of the work people in the sector do.

“The past two years have been incredibly hard for social care staff across the UK,” he said.

“Our decision to increase pay to above the Real Living Wage reflects the amount of compassion, care, and resilience, the people of our sector has demonstrated over the last two years.

“We believe that social care staff should be treated with the same respect that is shown to our excellent NHS staff. Social care staff are equally as important to our society.

"Their work is vital to the health and wellbeing of this country.

“That’s why we are committed to ensuring every member of our care team is given the opportunity to build a career in which they will flourish, with the pay and training they deserve.”