Councillor Peter Johnston COSLA’s Health and Well-Being Spokesperson said: “COSLA welcomes Audit Scotland’s report which highlights the scale of the challenge councils and Integration Authorities are facing and acknowledges we are being asked to deliver transformational change against a backdrop of increasing demand and tighter budgets.

"Shifting to new models of care and support inevitably means facing the dual running costs of continuing, or slowly winding down, existing services until new models are fully in place. The squeeze on local government funding has undoubtedly impacted on the pace at which some areas are able to progress this.

"However, despite these challenges, Audit Scotland also found that most people rate their social care services highly – evidence that councils and Integration Authorities are continuing to deliver for our communities in the most difficult of circumstances.”

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Wed, 23/08/2017 - 23:01