"We’re pleased that agreement could be reached in court today, 1st April, between the charity and those campaigning against us. This means that those Botton Village co-workers opposed to change have the option to be treated as employees of the charity until the case is heard in full, which may be some months away.

The option of temporary employment was offered several months ago by the charity. The agreement means that co-workers can continue to live with the people we support and receive a salary equivalent to other social care workers.

For the charity, it means that we will have the confidence that we are complying with our regulatory duties and providing the standard of care at Botton that people expect from us.

The agreement made today includes five co-workers. We very much hope the remaining co-workers will also sign up to this negotiated agreement and, by doing so, help reduce the tension being experienced by those we support within Botton Village.

The positive outcome in court follows the decision yesterday of co-workers in another Camphill Village Trust community, the Grange in Gloucester, to become employees. This means that Botton Village is the only remaining community run by the charity where some co-workers have yet to adopt permanent employment status."

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