Care workers who provide help to vulnerable people in Barrow and Kendal face losing a third of their income in new cuts planned by Creative Support.
Staff are fearful that they will not be able to make ends meet and could face losing their homes.
There are over 80 staff affected who provide daily assistance to vulnerable people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour.
The care workers are members of UNISON, the UK’s largest union in public services. Local rep Graham Carr said:
“What does it say about our society if this important service is treated as something to provide as cheaply as possible? All of our members work in tough jobs where we already give up our own time. It feels like a kick in the teeth to be asked to do this for less pay and worse terms and conditions.”
The attacks on the pay and conditions of staff employed by Creative Support follow a reduction in the funding for the service by Cumbria County Council. Care workers will be lobbying MPs and Cumbria Council to highlight the damage being done to them and to the valuable service they provide.