"A COSLA Spokesperson acknowledged that there are issues across the whole of health and social care in recruiting and retaining staff that Local Government are committed to working in partnership to resolve.

"The National Care Home Contract fee is paid to care homes providing residential and nursing care for publicly funded residents and is negotiated annually between providers led by Scottish Care and commissioners led by COSLA. 

"Since October 2016 substantial additional funding has been provided in the fee – around a 9% increase over the two years - to facilitate payment of the Scottish Living Wage as a minimum to all staff who provide care in care homes. 

"By investing public money in this way, we are seeking to improve recruitment and retention of staff in care homes in partnership with provider businesses.

"COSLA and Scottish Care have enjoyed a good long term working relationship and we will discuss with Scottish Care any issues their members are experiencing on sustainability following the recent increase to the fee."

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Mon, 17/07/2017 - 16:00