CARERS in Barnsley have been thanked for their efforts to keep services running during the pandemic, on #ThankYouSunday.

The borough was one of the first areas to reopen services such as day services for people with learning disabilities, and council bosses sent care homes laptops to help families keep in touch with loved ones.

Cabinet members also approved a pay rise to £9.72 an hour for care workers as part of the council's 'Excellence in Care' initiative. According to a report, 26 out of 46 facilities in the town have agreed to the deal, which amounts to an annual rise of about £3,000 per year.

To date, 88 percent of care home staff have received their first dose of the Covid vaccination and 78 percent have received their second dose.

Wendy Lowder, executive director for adults and communities, said: "It has been a tough time, but we are all very proud of the Barnsley spirit – as a community we supported each other and will continue to do so as we recover from the pandemic and look to a brighter future."