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Westminster City Council joins other local authorities in signing the Ethical Care Charter

Leader and council officers signing the Ethical Care Charter

Published: 5 May 2023

Westminster City Council has become the latest local authority to sign UNISON’s Ethical Care Charter following a ceremony in City Hall.

UNISON’s general secretary, Christina McAnea, joined Leader of Westminster City Council, Councillor Adam Hug for the signing.

The charter highlights the value that the council places on staff who deliver care and those who receive it, and sets out the intention to better support both care workers as well as the people they look after.

Signing the charter is a key deliverable within the Council’s Fairer Westminster strategy setting high employment standards for care workers resulting in better working conditions for them to provide higher quality, more dignified care.

Cllr Adam Hug, Leader of Westminster City Council, said:

Signing the Ethical Care charter marks an important milestone on Westminster City Council’s journey of improvement in the safety, quality and dignity of care for our residents.

We are delighted to join with UNISON in signing the charter and to work with them going forwards as part of our ongoing commitment to building a Westminster that is fairer for both care workers and those they support.

Cllr Nafsika Butler Thalassis, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Public Health and the Voluntary Sector said:

We are pleased to be working closely with UNISON to make sure that the people who look after some of our most vulnerable residents feel recognised, valued and supported, a key element of our over-arching Fairer Westminster strategy.  

UNISON general secretary Christina McAnea said:

Westminster City Council is setting a great example in adopting UNISON’s ethical care charter and making this commitment to decent employment conditions for care workers.

A proper living wage and more secure employment conditions will encourage dedicated, skilled care workers to stay in their jobs and focus on giving the best possible care. It will hopefully encourage more recruits to a sector desperately short of staff.