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St Peter's House Care Home in Bury St Edmunds commits to increasing wages for all care staff

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A care home in Bury St Edmunds has committed to increasing wages for some of its staff to above the Real Living Wage as a reward for their 'care, compassion, and resilience'.

All care staff at St Peter's House Care Home, in Out Risbygate, will be paid at least £10.25 per hour, rising upon experience and qualifications, a 10.5 per cent increase.

The Real Living Wage is based on the cost of living and is voluntarily paid by nearly 9,000 UK employers.

St Peter's House care home. Picture: Google Maps.
St Peter's House care home. Picture: Google Maps.

The decision to increase pay for staff at St Peter's House 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 they deserve to be paid a fair wage'.

Tracey Heyes, care home manager at St Peter’s House, said: "Our care team at St Peter’s House, like all social care staff across the UK, have put themselves in harms way to deliver care to some of the most vulnerable people in our society over the past two years of this pandemic.

"Paying them above the Real Living Wage is the least we can do to reward them for the care, compassion, and resilience they have displayed.

“It is time for social care staff to be treated with the same respect that is shown to our wonderful NHS staff.

"Social care staff are just as important to our society – doing a job that is skilled, and which 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."

St Peter's House received an 'outstanding' Care Quality Commission (CQC) report when inspectors last visited in 2017.

The CQC is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department of Health and Social Care of the United Kingdom which regulates and inspects health and social care services in England.

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