Belsize Village, London, 5 November 2012:
Penrose Care is proud to have been named the only north London home care organisation to be an Accredited Living Wage Employer and only one of four in England (out of c 5,894 registered agencies) by Mayor of London Boris Johnson at the opening of the first ever London Living Wage Week held at City Hall. Within London, Penrose Care is one of three Accredited Living Wage Employers in the home care sector (out of c 745 London-based registered agencies).
At the event, Mayor Boris Johnson announced the new London living wage at £8.55/hour from £8.30/hour previously. The London living wage is calculated by the Greater London Authority according to the basic cost of living in London. It is a voluntary scheme and differs from the existing National Minimum Wage which is £6.19/hour for those 21 and over. According to the October 2012 National Minimum Data Set for Social Care Key Information and Statistics Report, the median gross hourly salary for a care worker in London was £7.10.
“We believe that by at least paying the London Living Wage, we can attract higher calibre individuals to the social care sector, and by providing them the best training in the country and an enjoyable work environment, keep them in the sector,” said Penrose Care co-founder and managing director, Robert Stephenson-Padron. “For us, this is fundamental to improving social care standards as regardless of how many white papers, regulations, and policies are written, if the end care professional is not capable of implementing them, they will have been written in vain.”
A full list of London’s Accredited Living Wage Employers list may be obtained from the following Citizens UK link.
The National Minimum Data Set for Social Care’s website may be accessed from the following link.
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Penrose Care was established in 2012 in response to what its founders perceived as a need to fundamentally reform the home care industry in the UK. The vision of Penrose Care is simple – we aspire to deliver an excellent and professional home care service to our clients combined with compassion, so that all those that we care for feel just that – cared for. We believe that if we are to fulfill our mission of providing “home care with a human touch”, then we have to employ the best care professionals in the industry. We feel that we have just that team, and have built this up by focusing heavily on looking after our staff so that we can be confident in the superior quality of our home care services. Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north west London and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.