Fawcett to chair Commission on the care crisis in Britain

Belinda Phipps, Chair of our Board of Trustees, is to lead an analysis of the impact of austerity measures on Britain’s care industry.

The research commission set up by the Political Studies Association, which develops and promotes the study of politics, will study the situation of people engaged in paid and unpaid care work, and also the wellbeing of those in their care.

Women make up the bulk of the care workforce, which tends to be low paid, and also carry out most of the  unpaid care for children and elderly relatives. Fawcett has long been concerned that women have borne the brunt of austerity measures affecting these activities, both in terms of job losses and filling the gaps in care from cuts to state-funded services.

Sam Smethers, chief executive says: “Fawcett is delighted to be chairing this new Commission. The care workforce is 80% women, usually paid below living wage and often employed on zero hours contracts.

“We cannot continue to run our social care infrastructure on the back of women working for poverty pay.  This is about the way we care for older and disabled people, the way we support families and the way we value work done by women. It is time for a radical rethink.”

The Commission on ‘The Crisis of Care in Austerity Britain’ is expected to report in September 2016.

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