Scottish Care welcomed the establishment of the Social Care Support Fund recognising that no worker should experience financial hardship as a result of self-isolating or being tested Covid19 positive. This in part recognises that the money paid by national and local Government to independent providers has never included payment of SSP and other terms and conditions above the basic minimum. In some senses this is the State taking steps towards addressing its inadequate funding of social care services and workers over a number of years, and something that we hope will be corrected more fully beyond Covid19.
The Fund requires employers to pay the worker then to recoup the monies thereafter. Despite assurances and ongoing work on resolving issues administering the fund, it is clear that it is often
We are working closely with the Trade Unions, COSLA and Scottish Government to give the necessary assurances that will make the system work effectively, which it is not at present.