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Penrose Care among the first Mayor of London’s Good Work Standard employers

Belsize Village, London, UK: Penrose Care is honoured to announce that it is one of the first sixteen private businesses to be accredited with the Mayor of London’s Good Work Standard, an initiative of the Greater London Authority to promote decent work in London.

Penrose Care was provisionally accredited at the launch of the Good Work Standard on July 29, 2019 and fully accredited on September 24, 2019 following full completion of city hall’s rigorous screening process.

The Good Work Standard assesses organisations on four pillars: 1) Pay & Conditons (of which the real Living Wage is a focal point), 2) Workplace Wellbeing, 3) Skills and Development, and 4) Diversity and Recruitment. Achievement of the standard certifies that the organisation’s meet the “benchmark for the best employment standards.”

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Penrose Care managers Olga Garcia, Robert Stephenson-Padron and Nikoletta Makouli at London City Hall for the first Good Work Standard discussion with the Greater London Authority on July 17, 2018.

Following the accreditation, Penrose Care’s managing director said:

“Penrose Care’s accreditation with the Mayor of London’s Good Work Standard is a further stamp of approval of Penrose Care’s pioneering work in the ethical provision of home care for the elderly and disabled. Our journey to accreditation began on July 17, 2018 when City Hall was developing the program. Penrose Care has demonstrated that ethical labour standards are both morally right and good business decisions. Ethical labour standards promote staff’s mental wellbeing, which aid staff in providing the highest levels of customer service. Penrose Care wishes the Mayor of London all the best in his efforts to promote decent work in London and we are honoured to be part of these efforts.”

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Penrose Care therapy cat in training Quita the Kitty with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at Penrose Care’s last physical Good Work Standard accreditation meeting at City Hall on May 3, 2019.

At the launch of the Good Work Standard on July 29, 2019, Mayor of London Sadiq Kahn said:

“Tackling poverty and inequality is one of the reasons I got into politics. London and the whole country are still simply too unequal – and it is bad for our both our economy and our society. I want to make London a fairer city by ensuring that all Londoners get the opportunities that our city gave to me when I was growing up.

“The Good Work Standard will play a key role in tackling poverty and inequality in London. I’m calling on employers across our city to play their part – to pay the London Living Wage, to pursue greater diversity at senior levels, to achieve the highest standards in wellbeing and training, and to ensure that their workers have a voice in the workplace.

“Employers will make these changes because they want to do the right thing, but also because they will see great benefit in terms of recruitment and productivity. City Hall will now do everything possible to ensure that many more employers – in every sector and of every size – sign up to the Good Work Standard.”

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Penrose Care
Robert Stephenson-Padron, Managing Director
robert.padron@penrosecare.co.uk
0207 435 2644

Mayor of London’s Good Work Standard
fairness@london.gov

Link to Mayor of London’s press release launching the Good Work Standard.

About Penrose Care

Penrose Care is an ethical provider of home care services in London, United Kingdom to adults with disabilities such as acquired brain injury and elderly persons including those with dementia. The company operates upon a fundamental belief that to promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring. As the pioneer of ethics in home care in the UK, Penrose Care in 2012 became one of the first four providers in the United Kingdom to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and in 2013 the first independent sector provider to be compliant with Citizens UK’s landmark Social Care Charter. Penrose Care was named the Living Wage Champion for the London region in 2016 and for Industry Leadership in 2018 by the Living Wage Foundation. In July 2019, Penrose Care was named as one of the first 16 private businesses accredited with the Mayor of London’s new Good Work Standard to promote decent work in London.

Penrose Care’s ethical social care framework has garnered international acclaim, resulting in Penrose Care receiving research delegations from Canada, China, Japan, South Korea and Thailand. Penrose Care is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, the highest rating given by England’s health and social care regulator.

Penrose Care’s ethical approach promotes higher quality social care workers and low staff turnover which in turn results in excellent care. Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north London – between Hampstead, Belsize Park and Swiss Cottage / Finchley Road – and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.

About the Mayor of London’s Good Work Standard

The Mayor’s Good Work Standard sets the benchmark for the best employment standards and helps employers contribute to a fairer and more inclusive London economy. This means the economy works for all Londoners and more Londoners can access good jobs, in workplaces that support their health and wellbeing.

To make this happen, the Mayor is working with businesses like ours to celebrate excellent work practices and assist businesses in adopting best practice approaches by bringing together a range of support and resources.

By signing up to the Mayor’s Good Work Standard, employers signal that they are committed to healthy, fair and inclusive workplaces. We know this is an important step in attracting and retaining a diverse, talented and successful workforce and we hope to assist other businesses in realising these benefits.

Thai delegation with Penrose Care management in Belsize Terrace

Thai research delegation visits Penrose Care

Belsize Village, London, UK: On June 27, 2019, Penrose Care was delighted to host its seventh international research delegation. The research delegation was from the Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEP) under the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Government of Thailand. The purpose of the research visit was to learn best practice with respect to social care for persons with disabilities.

Following the visit, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron made this statement:

“Penrose Care was honoured to receive such a large research delegation from the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Government of Thailand. Penrose Care’s international recognition is a testament to our belief that the regard for the dignity of the human person and outstanding social care underpinned by ethical labour standards are universal aspirations. I was particularly impressed that personal assistants in Thailand have government mandated training, one month of job shadowing and a compulsory professional register. These are advances over and above what the UK has achieved. We look forward to working with the Government of Thailand in the future, should they require our assistance.”

Penrose Care is known internationally due to its pioneering work on integrating ethical labour practices into its provision of home care services for the elderly and persons with disabilities. Within the UK and in many countries around the world, providing consistent, outstanding social care from care and support workers that receive a Living Wage and generous worker benefits remains an aspiration but is a reality at Penrose Care. Penrose Care was also the organisation that successfully led to the step up of enforcement of the minimum wage laws in home care in the UK after lodging a complaint with the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee in 2014. Prior to this industry-changing action, the minimum wage law was widely flouted by home care providers in the UK.

Penrose Care continues to crusade for care and support workers to be paid at least the minimum wage for sleep-ins – something Penrose Care continues to do en lieu of clarification from the Supreme Court in The Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake.

The head of the Thai delegation, Mrs. Nata-orn Indeesri, Director of Division of Strategies and Plans, Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEP), made this statement following the research visit:

“I would like to say that we are honoured to be invited here at Penrose Care. There [is] a lot of valuable knowledge to be gained here and we plan to utilise it in the best way that we can. We know that your organisation aim[s] to help improve elderly care and disabilities care in the UK. We all here agree and totally support on what you are trying to achieve. We hope that you will continue to provide and set standard[s] for best-quality care for both the elderly with or without disabilities. We thank you for the warm welcome. We are very appreciat[ive] for the exchange of experiences and best practice between us. I hope that there will be future collaboration between our organisation.”

Penrose Care’s trainee therapy pet cat, Quita the Kitty, received a lot of interest from the delegation. Penrose Care manager Olga Garcia made the following comment with respect to Quita’s work:

“I’ve seen Quita bring joy to a person with cerebral palsy, to a work whose father passed away and neede support, a professional worker that was having a bad day and so many other people’ Quita is changing lives with her presence and this is just the beginning of her journey.”

Following the research discussion of the talk. Mrs. Indeesri gifted to Mr. Stephenson-Padron clothing made from persons with disabilities in Thailand.

Thai delegation with Penrose Care management in Belsize Terrace

Delegation from the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Government of Thailand, with Penrose Care’s Nikoletta Makouli, Robert Stephenson-Padron, Quita the Kitty and Olga Garcia at Belsize Terrace in Belsize Village, London, UK.

 

Nata-orn Indeesri, head of the Thai research delegation with Quita the Kitty and Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron

Nata-orn Indeesri, head of the Thai research delegation with Quita the Kitty and Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, at Belsize Terrace in Belsize Village, London, UK.

 

Exchange of gifts from Nata-orn Indeesri, head of the Thai delegation, to Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron

Exchange of gifts from Nata-orn Indeesri, head of the Thai delegation, to Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron at Teta’s Lebanese Kitchen, Belsize Village, London, UK. The clothes were made in a Thai factory by workers with disabilities.

 

The Thai delegation with Penrose Care management and Quita the Kitty

The Thai delegation with Penrose Care management and Quita the Kitty at Teta’s Lebanese Kitchen in Belsize Village, London, UK.

 

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Penrose Care

Robert Stephenson-Padron, Managing Director

robert.padron@penrosecare.co.uk

0207 435 2644

About Penrose Care

Penrose Care is an ethical provider of home care services in London, United Kingdom to adults with disabilities such as acquired brain injury and elderly persons including those with dementia.  The company operates upon a fundamental belief that to promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring. As the pioneer of ethics in home care in the UK, Penrose Care in 2012 became one of the first four providers in the United Kingdom to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and in 2013 the first independent sector provider to be compliant with Citizens UK’s landmark Social Care Charter. Penrose Care was named the Living Wage Champion for the London region in 2016 and for Industry Leadership in 2018 by the Living Wage Foundation. Penrose Care’s ethical social care framework has garnered international acclaim, resulting in Penrose Care receiving research delegations from Canada, China, Japan, and South Korea. Penrose Care is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, the highest rating given by England’s health and social care regulator.

Penrose Care’s ethical approach promotes higher quality social care workers and low staff turnover which in turn results in excellent care.  Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north London – between Hampstead, Belsize Park and Swiss Cottage / Finchley Road – and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.

Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEP) under the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Government of Thailand

The DEP is a government agency responsible for persons with disabilities in Thailand. It falls under the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security, Government of Thailand.

About Quita the Kitty

One of Penrose Care’s colleagues is a kitten, Quita the Kitty, born in January 2019 and acquired by Penrose Care in March 2019. She is an office cat, adventure cat and training to be a therapy cat. Quita the Kitty has already visited all eight of London’s Royal Parks, potentially the first cat or one of the first few to ride on one of the Thames Clipper boats, and has provided therapy services to two persons with cerebral palsy.

Quita the Kitty has provided workplace morale boosting visits to the Apple Store Covent Garden, Brewdog Seven Dials, The Espresso Room Covent Garden, Karma Bread, the Living Wage Foundation, the New Economic Foundation, Oliver’s Village Cafe, OmniDe architects, and Persephone Books.

Quita the Kitty has met actor/comedian Ricky Gervais, the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Her Majesty the Queen’s former press secretary Charles Anson.

Quita the Kitty, at @quitathekitty, is popular on social media having over 113,000 likes on TikTok, over 22,000 karma points on Reddit, holds the status as a Glorious Imgurian on Imgur, and has over 3,500 followers on Instagram.  Quita the Kitty is also on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.

Quita the Kitty’s first news article was published on June 3, 2019 by Sunny Skyz: “4-Month-Old Therapy Kitten Comforts Woman With Cerebral Palsy”.

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Research visit from South Korea

Belsize Village, London, UK: On June 6, 2019, Penrose Care was delighted to host its sixth international research delegation. This research delegation was from the municipality of Gwangyang, South Korea, consisting of two nurse-civil servants specialising in health policy Young-ok Seo and In-soon Park; their translator Dr. Gunwoo Kim, and a travel guide.

On the Penrose Care side, the research delegation was hosted by Penrose Care’s managers Robert Stephenson-Padron, Olga Garcia, Nikoletta Makouli, and Quita the Kitty, a trainee pet therapy cat.

The purpose of Ms. Seo and Ms. Park’s visit was to inform the development of dementia care in Gwangyang-si, South Korea.

Following the visit, the delegation made the following statement on June 16, 2019:

“We were very impressed with how much effort the carers from a private company put into improving the quality of life for patients. In particular we felt that Penrose Care was a thought leader in their belief that the staff had to be happy in order to be able to provide good quality care to patients” – Young-ok Seo and In-soon Park from Gwangyang-si, South Korea

Following the visit, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron made the following statement:

“Penrose Care is honoured and humbled when it receives research delegations from abroad. It is a demonstration that respect for the dignity of the human person is a universal value stemming from the love we have for our parents and grandparents, and our siblings and our friends. I hope our commitment to the highest quality of care and its link to ethical labour standards continues to inspire policy makers and health and social care workers around the world. I send all my best wishes to our brothers and sisters in South Korea as they work to tackle their own challenges associated with ageing societies.”

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Left to right: Penrose Care manager Nikoletta Makouli, Penrose Care manager Olga Garcia, delegation tourist guide, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, Dr. Gunwoo Kim, In-soon Park, Young-ok Seo.
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Left to right: Young-ok Seo, Penrose Care manager Nikoletta Makouli, Penrose Care manager Olga Garcia, delegation tourist guide, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron with Quita the Kitty, Dr. Gunwoo Kim, In-soon Park.
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Left to right: Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, Dr. Gunwoo Kim, In-soon Park, Young-ok Seo, Penrose Care manager Nikoletta Makouli.
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Left to right: Penrose Care manager Nikoletta Makouli, Penrose Care manager Olga Garcia, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, Young-ok Seo, In-soon Park.
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Left to right: Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron receiving gifts from In-soon Park and Young-ok Seo.
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Left to right: Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, Penrose Care manager Olga Garcia with Quita the Kitty, In-soon Park.
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Left to right: Penrose Care manager Olga Garcia, Penrose Care manager Nikoletta Makouli, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, Dr. Gunwoo Kim, Young-ok Seo, In-soon Park.
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Left to right: Penrose Care manager Nikoletta Makouli with Quita the Kitty, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, Penrose Care manager Olga Garcia, Young-ok Seo, Dr. Gunwoo Kim, In-soon Park.

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Penrose Care

Robert Stephenson-Padron, Managing Director

robert.padron@penrosecare.co.uk

0207 435 2644

About Penrose Care

Penrose Care is an ethical provider of home care services in London, United Kingdom to adults with disabilities such as acquired brain injury and elderly persons including those with dementia.  The company operates upon a fundamental belief that to promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring. As the pioneer of ethics in home care in the UK, Penrose Care in 2012 became one of the first four providers in the United Kingdom to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and in 2013 the first independent sector provider to be compliant with Citizens UK’s landmark Social Care Charter. Penrose Care was named the Living Wage Champion for the London region in 2016 and for Industry Leadership in 2018 by the Living Wage Foundation. Penrose Care’s ethical social care framework has garnered international acclaim, resulting in Penrose Care receiving research delegations from Canada, China and Japan. Penrose Care is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, the highest rating given by England’s health and social care regulator.

Penrose Care’s ethical approach promotes higher quality social care workers and low staff turnover which in turn results in excellent care.  Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north London – between Hampstead, Belsize Park and Swiss Cottage / Finchley Road – and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.

About Gwangyang

Gwangyang is home to beautiful tourism resources including the famed Baegunsan Mountain and Seomjingang River. The city produces high quality farm products and promotes new growth industries based on the Port of Gwangyang and the Gwangyang Steel Plant. These make Gwangyang a city with outstanding business conditions and great development potential.

The city is dedicated to active, innovative public services so that Gwangyang will be a global city, a great city for nurturing children, the happiest city in Korea, and the number one city in the Jeonnam Province.

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Promotions of Ms. Garcia and Mrs. Makouli

Belsize Village, London, UK: Today Penrose Care is pleased to announced the promotions of Ms. Olga García Gómez to manager from deputy manager and Mrs. Nikoletta Makouli to manager from deputy manager.

Penrose Care provides home care services for people with physical disabilities, mental health conditions, acquired brain injuries and health issues relating to ageing, such as dementia and impaired mobility. The company has especially excelled at service to clients in end of life situations, helping people live full lives far past their original prognoses. Penrose Care is highly acclaimed for its innovations in ethical working conditions in social care. Both Ms. García and Mrs. Makouli have especial expertise in servicing private client / ultra high-net-worth individuals with complex needs.

Following the promotions, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron made the following statement:

“Ms. García and Mrs. Makouli have been the backbone of our management infrastructure for a number of years and it is right and well deserved that they are both now made managers of Penrose Care. Penrose Care is special because it strives to put the dignity of the human person at the heart of everything we do. Ms. García and Mrs. Makouli understand Penrose Care’s values and culture, have helped clients transform their lives for the better, managed complex staff situations with grace and patience, and have overall been a pleasure to work with for these past years. Both have also appeared on national media outlets and have attended domestic and international conferences. Ms. García and Mrs. Makouli are well suited to both manage internally and promote Penrose Care’s special mission as ambassadors externally. Congratulations to both of you. Well done.”

With respect to Ms. García promotion to her new manager post, Mr. Stephenson-Padron made the following statement:

“Olga García Gómez has been the logistical backbone of Penrose Care for some time, managing our rota impeccably well. On the frontline, Olga has long specialised in servicing the demands and complexities of the private client segments, including knights, renowned academics and field-changing physicians. In one complex case, she put together an emergency care package for a mental health patient in less than 24 hours, a package attributed by clinical staff as likely saving this person’s life. Her excellence and heroism is well summed up by a compliment given by an acquired brain injury care case manager, which refers to her work: ‘You are the most flexible, accommodative and amazing care provider I have ever dealt with.’ Well done Olga.”

With respect to Mrs. Makouli’s promotion to her new manager post, Mr. Stephenson-Padron made the following statement:

“Nikoletta Makouli has been the embodiment of our belief that a caring ethos leads to effective care and excellent outcomes. She has, for some years, been the lead on a complex private client with advanced staged dementia who was given 8 weeks to live in 2017. Through incredible management of a home care team to this client, certain of this client’s neurological abilities have been restored and their palliative designation removed. This client is still alive to this day. A well renowned palliative medicine consultant physician has commended her heroic work, ‘It is a miracle you guys have achieved in keeping [the patient] alive. I have withdrawn my view and no longer believe [s/he] is a palliative case. You should be so proud.’ Well done Nikoletta.”

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Penrose Care

Robert Stephenson-Padron, Managing Director

robert.padron@penrosecare.co.uk

0207 435 2644

About Penrose Care

Penrose Care is an ethical provider of home care services in London, United Kingdom to adults with disabilities such as acquired brain injury and elderly persons including those with dementia.  The company operates upon a fundamental belief that to promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring. As the pioneer of ethics in home care in the UK, Penrose Care in 2012 became one of the first four providers in the United Kingdom to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and in 2013 the first independent sector provider to be compliant with Citizens UK’s landmark Social Care Charter. Penrose Care was named the Living Wage Champion for the London region in 2016 and for Industry Leadership in 2018 by the Living Wage Foundation. Penrose Care’s ethical social care framework has garnered international acclaim, resulting in Penrose Care receiving research delegations from Canada, China and Japan. Penrose Care is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission, the highest rating given by England’s health and social care regulator.

Penrose Care’s ethical approach promotes higher quality social care workers and low staff turnover which in turn results in excellent care.  Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north London – between Hampstead, Belsize Park and Swiss Cottage / Finchley Road – and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.

About Olga García Gómez

Olga García Gómez, Manager
Penrose Care

Ms. García is an expert in the logistical operations of a home care provider and the social care servicing of private client / ultra high-net-worth individuals. Prior to joining Penrose Care in 2014 as a support worker, she worked in various hospitality, media and marketing roles. Ms. García was made a senior support worker in August 2016 and deputy manager in May 2018. Ms. García became a manger at Penrose Care in May 2019.

Ms. García has appeared a number of times on the BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire. She was the company’s primary delegate, via invitation, to the Prague European Summit 2018 held in Prague, Czech Republic.

Ms. García holds a Licenciate in Journalism from the Universidad de Navarra, Spain. Ms. García also holds a QCF Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Services (Adults’ Management) (England) from Highfield Qualifications and a Higher Level Apprenticeship in General Adult Social Care from the Federation for Industry Sector Skills & Standards.

About Nikoletta Makouli

Nikoletta Makouli, Manager
Penrose Care

Mrs. Makouli is an expert in end of life care and home care for persons with advanced dementia, focusing especially on the social care servicing of private client / ultra high-net-worth individuals. Prior to joining Penrose Care in 2015as a support worker, she was a manager in the hospitality sector. Mrs. Makouli was made a senior support worker in August 2017 and deputy manager in May 2018. Mrs. Makouli became a manger at Penrose Care in May 2019.

Mrs. Makouli has appeared on the BBC Two’s Victoria Derbyshire. She is the company’s primary delegate to events of the Recruitment & Employment Confederation.

Mrs. Makouli holds a Bachelor in Public and Business Administration-Marketing from the University of Cyprus and a MSc in International Hospitality Management from the University of Brighton. Mrs. Makouli also holds a NCFE CACHE Level 2 Certificate in End of Life Care.

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Penrose Care rated Outstanding by regulator

Belsize Village, London, UK: Today the health and social care regulator of England, the Care Quality Commission (CQC), announced that it had rated Penrose Care Ltd (PCL) Outstanding overall for being caring and effective, following a routine regulatory inspection carried out in February 2019.

Penrose Care provides home care services for people with physical disabilities, acquired brain injuries and health issues relating to ageing, such as dementia and impaired mobility.

In a statement, the CQC noted it found in its inspection that “People’s outcomes were consistently better than expected and PCL was described as exceptional and distinctive. People using the service, relatives, staff and external professionals provided consistently positive feedback about the service.”

Following the announcement, Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron stated:

“The health and social care regulator granting its highest inspection rating to Penrose Care is a testament to our pioneering work of ethical social care. The CQC’s Outstanding rating is an accolade attributable to only 2% of home care providers in London and 3% nationwide. Penrose Care shall however remain humble, hard working and continue to put the dignity of the human person at the forefront of what we do as this drives continuous improvement. To my colleagues: well done. To all our friends: thank you.”

Penrose Care is known for its innovations in ethical labour practices in social care which include paying the London Living Wage, paying at least the minimum wage for sleep-in shifts, guaranteed minimum working hours (so no zero-hour contracts), travel time between clients, training costs and time fully funded, private medical insurance via Vitality Health, taxies home if working late, funded annual dental check-ups, an occupational sick pay scheme, and normal employment which provides statutory holiday entitlements and pensions. As a relative of a client told the CQC inspection team, “”We are very happy with the company, they pay a living wage so retain staff longer so there is more continuity.”

Dr. Matthew Knight, non-executive director of Penrose Care and consultant respiratory physician with the West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust, congratulated the company following this news:

“The rating from the CQC is a testament to the hard work, dedication and, above all, care that our entire team at Penrose Care put in to looking after all who use our services. I am extremely proud of all our staff.”

Debbie Ivanova, CQC’s Deputy Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, said: “I am very pleased to see continued improvement at Penrose Care Limited. At CQC’s previous inspection the service was rated Good overall and now it has moved up to Outstanding, our highest rating.

“Staff and management at Penrose Care work hard to ensure that people they care for are encouraged to live as independently as they possibly can. Evidence gathered from people using the service, their relatives and other health professionals shows they were impressed with the care and would not hesitate to recommend it to others.”

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Penrose Care

Robert Stephenson-Padron, Managing Director

robert.padron@penrosecare.co.uk

0207 435 2644

Care Quality Commission

Ray Cooling, Regional Engagement Manager

020 7448 9136

About Penrose Care

Penrose Care is an ethical provider of home care services in London, United Kingdom to adults with disabilities such as acquired brain injury and elderly persons including those with dementia.  The company operates upon a fundamental belief that to promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring. As the pioneer of ethics in home care in the UK, Penrose Care in 2012 became one of the first four providers in the United Kingdom to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and in 2013 the first independent sector provider to be compliant with Citizens UK’s landmark Social Care Charter. Penrose Care was named the Living Wage Champion for the London region in 2016 and for Industry Leadership in 2018 by the Living Wage Foundation. Penrose Care’s ethical social care framework has garnered international acclaim, resulting in Penrose Care receiving research delegations from Canada, China and Japan.

Penrose Care’s ethical approach promotes higher quality social care workers and low staff turnover which in turn results in excellent care.  Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north London – between Hampstead, Belsize Park and Swiss Cottage / Finchley Road – and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.

About the Care Quality Commission

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care in England. The CQC makes sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and it encourages care services to improve. The CQC monitors, inspects and regulates services to make sure they meet fundamental standards of quality and safety and the CQC publishes what it find to help people choose care.

Penrose Care’s management team from left to right: Olga Garcia, Robert Stephenson-Padron and Nikoletta Makouli.

Penrose Care raises care worker pay for Living Wage Week

Belsize Village, Hampstead, London – Penrose Care, the UK’s pioneer in the ethical provision of home care, has today announced that the new London Living Wage rate of £10.55/hour announced by Mayor of London Sadiq Khan this morning is effective immediately at Penrose Care for all staff. This is an increase of the prior London Living Wage rate of £10.20/hour and compares to the current national minimum wage rate for persons 25 and above (the mis-named “National Living Wage”) of £7.83/hour.

Robert Stephenson-Padron, managing director of Penrose Care, commented, following the pay increase:

“We are proud to be increasing our care workers’ pay in line with the cost of living in London so that all our colleagues can continue to work and live with dignity. Our ethical framework is essential to ensuring that the home care we deliver is excellent day in and day out. Our Living Wage commitment is the bedrock to other ethical labour practices at Penrose Care such as the payment of travel time between clients, complying with the minimum wage rates for sleep-in shifts, an occupational sickpay scheme, private medical insurance with Vitality Health, and free taxi rides home if ending work after 9pm. I wish all our staff a wonderful Living Wage Week 2018!”

Penrose Care with Living Wage chair and director

Penrose Care’s senior support worker Egle Viskantaite, managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, Living Wage Foundation chair Stuart Wright of Aviva, Living Wage Foundation director Katherine Chapman and Penrose Care support worker Alica Mikitovičová at the launch of Living Wage Week 2018 at the Barbican Centre, London, UK. November 5, 2018.

Aya Khazaal (Pivoine) and Bob Padron (Penrose Care) with Mayor of London Sadiq Khan

Penrose Care’s managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron with Aya Khazaal of aspiring Living Wage employer Pivoine Nail Spa of Belsize Village and Mayor of London Sadiq Khan at the launch of Living Wage Week 2018 at the Barbican Centre, London, UK. November 5, 2018.

Media Contact

Penrose Care

Robert Stephenson-Padron – Managing Director: robert.padron@penrosecare.co.uk

Landline: 0207 435 2644

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Living Wage Foundation

John Hood – Media Manager: John.Hood@LivingWage.org.uk

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About Penrose Care

Penrose Care is an ethical provider of home care services London, United Kingdom to adults with disabilities and elderly persons, including those with dementia.  The company operates upon a fundamental belief that to promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring. As the pioneer of ethics in home care in the UK, Penrose Care in 2012 became one of the first four providers in the country to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and in 2013 the first independent sector provider to be compliant with Citizens UK’s landmark Social Care Charter. Penrose Care was named the Living Wage Champion for the London region in 2016 by the Living Wage Foundation and in 2018 received a national Living Wage Champion Award for Industry Leadership.

Penrose Care’s ethical approach promotes higher quality social care workers and low staff turnover which in turn results in excellent care. Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north London and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.

About the real Living Wage

The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to what people need to make ends meet. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that choose to take a stand by ensuring their staff earn a wage that meets the costs and pressures they face in their everyday lives.

The UK Living Wage is currently £9.00 per hour. There is a separate London Living Wage rate of £10.55 per hour to reflect the higher costs of transport, childcare and housing in the capital. These figures are calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence on living standards in London and the UK.

The Living Wage Foundation is the organisation at the heart of the movement of businesses, organisations and individuals who campaign for the simple idea that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. We recognise and celebrate the leadership shown by responsible employers who voluntarily choose to go further and pay a real Living Wage based on the cost of living, not just the government minimum. There are currently over 4,700 accredited employers.

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Sleep-in shifts judgement is an affront to the dignity of care workers

Belsize Village, London, UK: Following the London Court of Appeal’s judgement in favour of Mencap in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake, overturning a previous ruling at the Employment Appeals Tribunal in April 2017, Penrose Care’s managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron, a long-time advocate for the ethical treatment of home care workers, made the following statement:

“The London Court of Appeal’s decision today in Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake is a horrific miscarriage of justice and an affront to the dignity of the human person.

I would 100% endorse UNISON taking the case to the Supreme Court. The last time UNISON went to the Supreme Court in R (on the application of UNISON) v Lord Chancellor in July 2017, they won and changed Britain for the better. I expect if UNISON took Royal Mencap Society v Tomlinson-Blake to the Supreme Court, this would result in a repeat of their prior triumph for justice for ordinary working people.

Penrose Care will continue to abide by the most obvious interpretation of the law which is to pay at least the national minimum-wage / national live wage for sleep-ins even if certain of our peers en mass decide to continue exploiting and abusing Britain’s vital social care workforce. This is the morally right thing to do. Penrose Care has been paying at least the minimum wage for sleep-in shifts since we commenced trading in 2013 as the law was clear then and it remains clear.”

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About Penrose Care

Penrose Care is an ethical provider of home care services London, United Kingdom to adults with disabilities and elderly persons, including those with dementia.  The company operates upon a fundamental belief that to promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring. As the pioneer of ethics in home care in the UK, Penrose Care in 2012 became one of the first four providers in the country to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and in 2013 the first independent sector provider to be compliant with Citizens UK’s landmark Social Care Charter. Penrose Care was named the Living Wage Champion for the London region in 2016 by the Living Wage Foundation.

Penrose Care’s ethical approach promotes higher quality social care workers and low staff turnover which in turn results in excellent care. Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north London and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.

Penrose Care – Living Wage Champion!

Belsize Village, London, UK: Last night, Penrose Care was announced as a winner of the Living Wage Champion Awards 2018 award for Industry Leadership.

The 2018 Living Wage Champion Awards celebrate individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the Living Wage movement, and are proudly sponsored by Aviva, KPMG and the City of London Corporation.

In 2012 Penrose Care became one of the first four Living Wage accredited care homes. In an industry that has often struggled with low pay, Penrose Care used the real Living Wage as the foundation on which to roll out further outstanding labour standards; including guaranteed weekly hours, payment for travel time, private medical insurance and an occupational sick-pay scheme. These standards have set Penrose apart from its peers, and highlighted the possibility of decent pay and conditions within the care sector.

One of three winners of the Industry Leadership Award, including The Haven Wolverhampton and Unlimited Potential, Penrose Care were commended for their promotion of the Living Wage. Other shortlisted organisations included Curzon Cinemas and Creature.

Robert Stephenson-Padron, managing director of Penrose Care, said:

“Since our founding, Penrose Care has been the UK’s pioneer of the ethical provision of home care. The real Living Wage has been the cornerstone of our ethical framework as it is one of the most credible signs to all our stakeholders that Penrose Care is a genuinely caring organisation that respects the dignity of the human person – client, worker, or any other. We are greatly humbled in receiving the Industry Leadership Award from the Living Wage Foundation. The Living Wage Champion Award will further Penrose Care’s confidence in leading a caring organisation which engenders trust and honesty, two of the qualities needed to provide excellent care consistently.”

2018-06-08 (Penrose Care) Receiving Living Wage Champion Award

Robert Stephenson-Padron accepts the 2018 Living Wage Champion Industry Leadership Award on Penrose Care’s behalf. Looking on, Stuart Wright, Chair of the Living Wage Foundation. Alicia Lerche, support worker; and Olga García Gómez, deputy care manager at Penrose Care, and event host.

Olga García Gómez, who started at Penrose Care in 2014 as a support worker and now is a deputy manager, said:

“I am grateful to be part of Penrose Care, a company that takes great care of their staff and clients. The company feels more like a family and whereby you always feel supported due to a variety of ethical working conditions including the London Living Wage, and having available a manager 24/7. In addition to all this, you can develop your professional career at Penrose Care as I have. For someone coming from abroad, all these factors are very important in a job.”

Alicia Lerche, home care support worker; Olga García Gómez, deputy manager; and Robert Stephenson-Padron, managing director of Penrose Care after receiving the 2018 Living Wage Champion award.

Tess Lanning, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said:

“Congratulations to Penrose Care on becoming a Living Wage Champion award winner. Employers like Penrose Care are leading the way in placing dignity and respect at the heart of their organisation. Over 4,200 employers have now signed up to the movement, and their leadership is making a profound difference to the lives of families and communities across the UK. Penrose Care’s work in celebrating and championing the Living Wage has been vital to its success.”

The Living Wage is an hourly pay rate set independently, updated annually, and calculated according to the basic cost of living. Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis.

The awards were judged by an independent panel of business and community leaders.

2018-06-08 (Penrose Care) Neil Jameson Bob Padron Alicia Lerche Olga Garcia Kaneez Shaid

Left to right: Neil Jameson CBE, founder and executive director of Citizens UK; Robert Stephenson-Padron, Penrose Care managing director; Alicia Lerche, home care support worker of Penrose Care; Olga García Gómez, deputy manager of Penrose Care; and Dr Kaneez Shaid MBE, Chair of Trustees of Citizens UK at the Living Wage Champion Awards 2018 at Guildhall, London.

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John Hood – Media Manager: John.Hood@LivingWage.org.uk

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About the real Living Wage

The real Living Wage is the only rate calculated according to what people need to make ends meet. It provides a voluntary benchmark for employers that choose to take a stand by ensuring their staff earn a wage that meets the costs and pressures they face in their everyday lives.

The UK Living Wage is currently £8.75 per hour. There is a separate London Living Wage rate of £10.20 per hour to reflect the higher costs of transport, childcare and housing in the capital. These figures are calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence on living standards in London and the UK.

The Living Wage Foundation is the organisation at the heart of the movement of businesses, organisations and individuals who campaign for the simple idea that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. We recognise and celebrate the leadership shown by responsible employers who voluntarily choose to go further and pay a real Living Wage based on the cost of living, not just the government minimum. There are currently over 4,200 accredited employers.

What’s the difference between the real Living Wage and the Government’s national living wage?

In April 2016 the government introduced a higher minimum wage rate for all staff over 25 years of age inspired by the Living Wage campaign – even calling it the ‘national living wage’.

However, the government’s ‘national living wage’ is not calculated according to what employees and their families need to live. Instead, it is based on a target to reach 60% of median earnings by 2020. Under current forecasts this means a rise to less than £9 per hour by 2020. For under 25s, the minimum wage rates also take into account affordability for employers.

The real Living Wage rates are higher because they are independently-calculated based on what people need to get by. That’s why the Living Wage Foundation encourages all employers that can afford to do so to ensure their employees earn a wage that meets the costs of living, not just the government minimum.

The judges for the 2018 Living Wage Champion Awards were:

  • Dr Kaneez Shaid MBE, Campaigner and Chair of the Citizens UK Board of Trustees
  • Rosie Gillham, Living Wage employee and campaigner
  • Yvonne Roberts, freelance journalist, writer and broadcaster, The Observer
  • Jane Gratton, Head of Business Environment and Skills Policy at British Chambers of Commerce
  • Matt Sparkes, Head of Corporate Responsibility, Linklaters LLP
  • Tess Lanning, Director of the Living Wage Foundation

About Penrose Care

Penrose Care is an ethical provider of home care services London, United Kingdom to adults with disabilities and elderly persons, including those with dementia.  The company operates upon a fundamental belief that to promote a caring workforce, the organisation itself must be caring. As the pioneer of ethics in home care in the UK, Penrose Care in 2012 became one of the first four providers in the country to become an Accredited Living Wage Employer and in 2013 the first independent sector provider to be compliant with Citizens UK’s landmark Social Care Charter. Penrose Care was named the Living Wage Champion for the London region in 2016 by the Living Wage Foundation.

Penrose Care’s ethical approach promotes higher quality social care workers and low staff turnover which in turn results in excellent care. Penrose Care is headquartered in Belsize Village, north London and was founded by Robert Stephenson-Padron, a healthcare research analyst, and Dr. Matthew Knight, a hospital physician.

2018-06-08 (Penrose Care) Living Wage Champion Family Photo

2018 Living Wage Champions Family Photo.

Penrose Care shortlisted for Living Wage Champion Awards 2018

Living Wage Champion 2018 Shortlisted

London, England, UK – Penrose Care has been shortlisted by the Living Wage Foundation for the Living Wage Champion Awards 2018.

The awards recognise Living Wage employers and individuals that have made great contributions to communities and industries by implementing and celebrating the Living Wage.

Following the announcement which was made on 19 March 2018, today Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron said: “Penrose Care is honoured to be shortlisted for the 2018 Living Wage Champion ‘Industry Leadership Award’ along with other inspiring employers such as Curzon Cinemas. Penrose Care’s innovation in Britain’s home care sector is to be the first comprehensively ethical employer in the vital industry that supports the most vulnerable in our society remain independent in their own homes. Our innovations of the heart and spirit, rooted in respect for the dignity of the human person, have demonstrated that this is the surest way to deliver excellent social care day in and day out.”

Tess Lanning, Director of the Living Wage Foundation, said:

“I would like to offer huge congratulations to Penrose Care on being shortlisted for the Living Wage Champion Awards. By committing to responsible pay, employers like Penrose Care have changed the lives of thousands of people across the UK, lifting workers out of poverty and transforming communities. We look forward to celebrating again in June when we announce the winners.”

The Living Wage is an hourly pay rate set independently, updated annually, and calculated according to the basic cost of living.

Employers choose to pay the Living Wage on a voluntary basis, and almost 4,000 accredited employers have now committed to put respect and dignity at the heart of their organisations by paying the Living Wage.

The awards are judged by an independent panel of business and community leaders, and winners will be announced in June.

Notes to editors

The Living Wage Foundation’s shortlist announcement can be found here

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John Hood – Media Manager: John.Hood@LivingWage.org.uk

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The Living Wage is an hourly rate set independently and updated annually. The real Living Wage is calculated according to the basic cost of living in the UK. Employers choose to pay this wage on a voluntary basis. The real Living Wage enjoys cross-party support.

The UK Living Wage is currently £8.75 per hour. The London Living Wage is currently £10.20 per hour. This figure covers all boroughs in Greater London. These figures are calculated annually by the Resolution Foundation and overseen by the Living Wage Commission, based on the best available evidence on living standards in London and the UK.

The Living Wage Foundation recognises and celebrates the leadership shown by Living Wage employers across the UK. There are currently over 4,000 accredited employers. We are an initiative of Citizens UK. We believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. We support responsible employers to voluntarily go further than the government minimum and pay the real Living Wage, to all their staff, so they can earn enough to meet the cost of living.

We receive guidance and advice from the Living Wage Advisory Council. The Foundation is supported by our principal partners: Burberry; GSK; Aviva; IKEA; Joseph Rowntree Foundation; KPMG; Linklaters; Nationwide; Nestle; Resolution Foundation; Oxfam; Trust for London; People’s Health Trust and Queen Mary University of London.

What about the Government’s national living wage?

In July 2015 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced that the UK Government would introduce a compulsory ‘national living wage’. This new governmentrate is a new minimum wage rate for staff over 25 years old. It was introduced in April 2016 and the current rate is £7.50 per hour, rising to £7.83 in April 2018. The rate is separate to the Living Wage rate calculated by the Living Wage Foundation.  The government rate is based on median earnings while the Living Wage Foundation rate is calculated according to the cost of living.

2016-10-31 (Penrose Care) Living Wage celebration

The modern Living Wage movement provides hope in a cynical age

By Robert Stephenson-Padron

At his 2016 Templeton Prize address, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks warned against dangers simmering in Western societies from the outsourcing of moral responsibility. Lord Rabbi Sacks said:

“Wherever we look, politically, religiously, economically, environmentally, there is insecurity and instability. It is not too much to say that the future of the West and the unique form of freedom it has pioneered for the past four centuries is altogether at risk.” (1)

Indeed, there is an air of cynicism in the West today. I can feel it. I expect you can feel it as well. Fortunately, as in other periods of human history, there is a glimmer of hope that rejects this cynicism: the modern Living Wage movement born out of East London in 2001 by Citizens UK.

2016-05-26 (Penrose Care) Jonathan Sacks and Robert Stephenson-Padron

Penrose Care managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks after he received the 2016 Templeton Prize on May 26, 2016.

The cynicism of the age is fuelled by masking the costs of society’s economic progress

It’s important to first look at the personal attraction to outsourcing moral responsibility since much of the pathologies that appear in society as a whole or in our workplaces specifically start within each one of us. Tribalism and nativism stem from a universal vice – that of a tendency to reject the dignity of “other” human beings out of selfishness. This tendency is amplified with feelings of insecurity.

If you harm an innocent person however, the goodness within you also has a say – you are likely to feel bad about it afterwards. It appears as guilt and that type of stress that keeps you from sleeping well at night. It nags at you, it tells you, “maybe you’re doing wrong.” “Maybe you shouldn’t be doing this.”

We humans don’t like feeling guilty, but we are also aghast to the idea of anyone telling us what to do – and that goes for our inner conscience. Therefore, by dissociating certain human beings from their innate dignity, by reducing them to some category of otherness, we move to a system whereby we may violate the dignity of human beings while minimising our guilt in our progress towards whatever lofty goal we may have: say purely maximising profits or minimising costs without reference to any value system.

With guilt restrained, human selfishness metastasises into an epidemic of exploitation. Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski believed that “sensitivity to evil” is indeed “the only system of reference that allows us to contemplate [the] price [paid for ‘progress’] and forces us to ask whether it is exorbitant.” (2) To violate the dignity of another person is evil and by blurring our associated guilt behind different man-made curtains, we lose our sense of evil.

In the UK, we see the results of minimising costs without reference to human dignity starkly demonstrated in the ailing home care sector – where years of Local Councils tendering out home care services for the elderly and disabled persons to the lowest bidders without reference to minimum legal labour standards resulted in a sector of contract winners that widely pay their care workers below the minimum wage, rush them from 15 minute home visit to 15 minute home visit, and call them in and out of work like machines in a warehouse. With home care workers working behind the curtains of these contract holders, Local Councils turned a blind eye to years of labour exploitation.

The case of the UK home care sector has also shown that maximising profits or minimising costs without reference to human dignity is not sustainable. As Herbert Stein’s Law counsels us, “If something cannot go on forever, it will stop.”

In the years following the British tax office’s justified step-up of enforcement of the National Minimum Wage in 2014, three of the UK’s top five operators in the home care sector exited the market. In January 2018, home care workers in Birmingham went on strike over continued austerity of the city’s social care budget which has put enormous strain on the city’s shrunken home care workforce. Events like this, akin to the Memphis (USA) sanitation strikes of 1968 which halted trash collections, remind us that human beings can only be exploited so far. These sudden stops are harmful and they are the direct result of responsible parties outsourcing their responsibilities to others.

Paradoxically, these cases of labour exploitation are under the backdrop of GDP per head in the UK, a broad measure of wealth, being the highest it has ever been in history. Unfortunately, rather than use our growing wealth to adequately address the “costs” associated with this growth, individual actors who are able to address them have widely let these costs spiral out of control into the dire situation we have today. (3) Former American diplomat Ivo Daalder well summarised the paradox of the West’s unprecedented economic growth in 2016:

“Within… global cities… a growing number of people have been left behind. And beyond these cities – out in other parts of the country – more people have lost out on the benefits produced by globalization and accelerating technological innovation. All too many people, in the past fifteen years, have seen their wages stagnate or even cut, their jobs lost, hopes dashed, and dreams deferred.” (4)

With hopes dashed and dreams deferred, we see a rise in people in the West adhering to movements which offer false dreams, which Rabbi Lord Sacks identifies as: “the far right, the far left, religious extremism and aggressive secularism.” (1)

Should we not be surprised that this culture of moral irresponsibility that poisons societies as a whole also poisons workplaces?

Indeed, former PR executive Robert Phillips notes that, “In any organisation, 80% of the workforce is dis-enfranchised and doesn’t care. 25% of the 80% would actively sabotage the organisation for which they work.” (5) If you’re a business leader of an organisation with employee disenchantment to that degree, do you think your organisation is sustainable? I think not.

2018-02-06 (Penrose Care) In the news

In contrast to many of its peers, Penrose Care has been a champion of ethical home care, which it has promoted through various channels, including the national British media.

The real Living Wage accreditation process unmasks hidden exploitation

When I first entered the corporate workforce in 2007, I discovered that the kind security staff, the indispensable cafeteria workers, and phenomenal cleaners I encountered in my workplace all worked for other firms although we all worked under the same “umbrella firm”. I thought at the time, that’s odd. I later learned that this was a common system of outsourcing whereby companies contract out essential internal corporate services, often to the lowest bidder.

If a decision-maker can seemingly outsource the moral responsibility of say, the exploitation of workers on their premises to boost the bottom line, then why not? What if your cleaners and security staff can only get by with third-party assistance, such as in-work benefits; or have to work a second job which means they seldom see their families? Behind the curtain of the contract holders, you may think these are the contract winners’ problems, or more likely, you just may be wholly unaware of the working conditions of these outsourced staff.

As the common reasoning goes: as the manager of the “umbrella firm”, I am responsible for my “employees”. Whereas, what happens to the others – the contractors – that is not my business and you think, not my responsibility. The actual accreditation process of being a real Living Wage Employer however recognises that IT IS your responsibility.

The Living Wage Foundation requires an Accredited Living Wage Employer to roll out the real living wage – £10.20/hour in London currently vs a minimum wage of £7.50/hour for those 25 of age and above – to certain outsourced staff such as cleaners, along with the organisation’s actual employees.

In this way becoming an Accredited Living Wage Employer does something very simple but also very powerful: it reminds you that moral responsibility for the labour standards of those serving your organisation, whether employed or contracted, rest with you. In a culture where the buck stops nowhere, the Living Wage movement reminds you that the buck stops with you.

 

2016-10-31 (Penrose Care) Olga Garcia and Robert Stephenson-Padron

Penrose Care senior care worker Olga Garcia and managing director Robert Stephenson-Padron after Penrose Care being named the London Living Wage Champion 2016 on October 31, 2016.

Celebrating the goodness of the Living Wage promotes the sustainability of those committed to it

By making the courageous moral choice to pay your workers – employed and outsourced – a wage they can live decently from, you are implicitly recognising that all of your colleagues have dignity as human beings. As with finite lives, human beings’ sweat and time is sacred, and thus must be duly respected with fair compensation in return. The young Winston Churchill eloquently recognised this truth in the last century, “It is a serious national evil that any class of His Majesty’s subjects should receive less than a living wage in return for their utmost exertions.” (6)

Realistically, making a moral choice where the cost are high is difficult, hence the need for courage. It means you as a leader need to build and maintain an organisation that is voluntarily taking on a higher cost base than your peers and yet must still be viable and sustainable. For organisations that are not naturally high value-added – such as social care, cleaning, non-luxury retail, and certain manufacturers – and so struggle to afford paying the real Living Wage need a higher quality product/service and associated brand to allow them to charge sufficiently to maintain viability and sustainability.

This is where the Living Wage Foundation, and its celebratory awards such as the Living Wage Champion program, are key. By helping to publicise the good moral choice of your organisation to pay your workers the real Living Wage, the awards help you convey the message of goodness to the public, which will hopefully raise your brand awareness in prospective customers, helping to sustain your Living Wage commitment.

This has been a key recipe for success for my organisation, Penrose Care, which was one of the UK’s first Accredited Living Wage Employers. This view was further confirmed to me in December 2017 when I posed the question to Lee Phillips, finance director of Living Wage-pet food manufacturer Roger Skinner Ltd, “how can a manufacturer in an OECD country maintain ethical labour practices when its cost base is already higher than its international peers?” He told me, “The right ethics, right morals, and you need a brand [to credibly signal this quality]; and look after your customers.”

2017-12-14 (Penrose Care) Robert Stephenson-Padron with Lee Phillips

Penrose Care managing director with Roger Skinner finance director Lee Phillips after discussing the importance of the Living Wage and ethical labour practices for business success on December 14, 2017.

It must be highlighted that being a real Living Wage Employer means your product and service is higher quality. Since neuroscience tells us that good actions tend to release the “feel-good hormone” oxytocin, by adding an ethical component to the purchase of your goods and services for your customers, you have ipso facto boosted the quality of your offering. (7) It should therefore be no surprise that research has indicated that consumers are willing to pay a premium price for goods and services from Accredited Living Wage Employers. (8)

The intrinsic morality of the Living Wage movement stands in contrast to unbridled self-interests

By working as partners with employers, the Living Wage movement builds up workplaces that adhere to moral responsibility, that promote togetherness, that have a common vision that all of us have innate dignity.

Do not underestimate the impact your decisions in the workplace can have on wider society. The great American labour leader Lane Kirkland once said, “history moves when civil society reaches a critical point. It is not decided in the foreign ministries or in the palaces of power but on the streets and in the work places.” (9) By doing a moral good in the workplace, you set a good example for your colleagues to also do good and by boosting their financial security, you reduce the fuel to some of the more macro-level evils we see in the world today. In a cynical world, the Living Wage employer stands as a visible sign that humans can be good. And together, we in the Living Wage movement will continue to make history, tilting it towards goodness and justice, remembering that “It is not hope that gives rise to action so much as action that gives rise to hope.” (10)

Robert Stephenson-Padron is the managing director of home care provider Penrose Care, the winner of the Living Wage Champion award in 2016 for the London region. Penrose Care has been an Accredited Living Wage Employer since 2012.

The foregoing article is the full version of a shorter article written for the web page of the Living Wage Foundation.

2016-10-31 (Penrose Care) Living Wage Champion award

The Living Wage Champion 2016 trophy of Penrose Care.

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(1) Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, “The Dangers of Outsourcing Morality” (www.rabbisacks.org: 27 May 2016), available online here.

(2) Nathan Gardels, “Man does not live by reason alone”, interview with Leszek Kolakowski from 1991 (New Perspectives Quarterly: Fall 2009/Winter 2010), available online here.

(3) Angel Gurría, “Launch of ‘In It Together – Why Less Inequality Benefits All’” (OECD: 21 May 2015), available online here.

(4) Ambassador Ivo Daalder, “The New Demagoguery”, address at the University of Kent (Chicago Council: 13 July 2016), available online here.

(5) Robert Phillips, “Post Truth, Post Trust, Post PR: The crisis of trust is a crisis of leadership”, address at Erasmus University (Jericho Chambers: 20 October 2016), available online.

(6) Donald Hirsch, “How the old idea of the living wage has been embraced by the political establishment” (The Conversation: 6 June 2017), available online here.

(7) Priya Advani, “How Random Acts of Kindness Can Benefit Your Health” (Huffington Post: 11 August 2013), available online here.

(8) Living Wage South Bank Report (South Bank BID: 4 October 2017), page 6, available online here.

(9) Arch Puddington, “How American Unions Helped Solidarity Win” (American Educator: Summer 2005), available online here.

(10) Matthew Taylor, “The idealism of realism” (RSA: 29 June 017), available online here.