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London Carers Struggle with Low Pay and High Vacancy Rates

Carers in London face low wages and a high vacancy rate of 12.1%. Former carer Suzie Lyle and others have been rallying for a London living wage of thirteen pounds fifteen per hour. Political parties propose reforms ahead of the 4 July election to improve conditions for carers.
Carers in London are facing significant challenges as they struggle with low wages and high vacancy rates.

According to Skills for Care, the vacancy rate in London's social care sector reached 12.1% last year, equal to 22,000 vacant posts.

Former carer Suzie Lyle and others have been rallying in Parliament Square with Citizens UK, demanding a London living wage of £13.15 per hour.

Only 39% of care workers in London currently earn the living wage or above, according to The King's Fund.

Carers like Suzie Lyle and care home operators like Vinod Patel, who has run the Mellows Care Home in Loughton for 21 years, highlight the ongoing crisis.

Richard Spear, caring for his wife Wendy who has early onset Alzheimer's, describes the unsustainable nature of the current system.

Age UK reports that 2.6 million people over 50 lack adequate care, and one in seven faces care costs exceeding one hundred thousand pounds.

Various political parties are proposing reforms ahead of the 4 July election, including higher wages and better support for carers.

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