Scottish Care response to the Draft Budget Statement

Following the Draft Budget Statement from the Cabinet Secretary for Finance the attached letter has been received from senior officials within the Scottish Government and COSLA.

Scottish Care warmly welcomes the commitment in the Statement and in this letter to the funding of £100million to finance the Scottish Living Wage to £8.45 and the decision that there will be no expected provider contribution, as well as the acceptance of the additional on costs which employers face and the recognition of the need for funding to ensure the sustainability of the sector as a whole.

Scottish Care is committed to working with our statutory partners to ensure that the next round of implementation builds on good practice, where providers have been fully engaged, involved and consulted and where there has been a real sense of partnership to achieve positive outcomes for those who receive support.

Scottish Care has long campaigned for the true valuing and recognition of our front line care workers, who give so much to some of our most vulnerable citizens.  We acknowledge that this announcement is a significant step in achieving this aim.

 

Dr Donald Macaskill

Chief Executive

Scottish Care

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