We call on local authorities to include Shared Lives carers as part of their wider social care pay review processes (see briefing pack below). Even though they are self-employed, the work they do is categorically a part of social care – so including them in social care pay reviews is a matter of basic fairness. In some cases, Shared Lives carers haven’t had a pay increase in 10 years. We know public services haven’t had pay rises, and only some had pay rises in line with inflation. Investing in Shared Lives carers, will enable more people to enjoy Shared Lives and eventually create a social care system that is more effective and more human.