Labour raise in-house home care motion

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In the last Full Council before local elections in May, Labour raise a Motion to create an in-house (council) home care workforce. An in-house workforce is 20-30% more expensive due to public sector overhead costs. And our view is that, the home care crisis is mainly about a labour shortage (no pun intended). A shortage, which a number of other sectors in Oxfordshire and the south east are feeling, including catering, construction and retail; except in home care’s case, care providers are not able to respond to the labour market wage inflation to compete with other sectors not tied down by public sector funding.

Motion From Councillor Liz Brighouse (Labour)
“Despite:

  • paying higher per hour costs than most authorities to our Home Care Providers;
  • investing a significant amount of time and resources in enhancing the status of Home Care workers; and
  • having changed the contracting arrangements for Home Care;

there is still a perception that this is a low status profession with poor pay and conditions of service. There is now a severe crisis in recruitment of Home Care professionals which is a greater threat to services than the financial challenges. Oxfordshire County Council therefore asks the Cabinet to start a process to:

  • create a directly employed workforce with training, continuous professional development, fair pay and conditions of service at its core;
  • provide training and education opportunities for young people in this area of employment and engage with young people in considering the caring professions as a future career path.”

[updated 29 March 2017]

Motion passed as below:

Oxfordshire County Council therefore asks the Cabinet to start explore a process to:

  • create a directly employed workforce with training, continuous professional development, fair pay and conditions of service at its core.