Concern over Future of Social Care Services
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Scotland’s health and social care sector is facing significant challenges this winter with increased demand and a greater complexity of need, rising cost pressures and real challenges in recruiting and retaining staff.

Ahead of its budget on the 19 December, it is vital that the Scottish Government recognises the significant investment needed to keep care services sustainable.

This investment must enable councils to provide support for a workforce who go above and beyond in delivering essential services day in and day out, COSLA said today. Social care staff provide a huge range of services to some of our most vulnerable citizens including physical and psychological care in care homes and in people’s own homes. It is a skilled role that requires sensitivity, empathy and a high level of knowledge.

Councillor Paul Kelly, COSLA’s Health and Social Care Spokesperson, said today (Tuesday): “We have an ageing population, with more complex care needs than ever before, and whilst this is obviously to be welcomed – it does require fresh thinking and resource as the pressure on our health and social care services increases.

“Social care staff across the country face immense pressures but continue to show incredible dedication to support people in their communities. However, the current challenges are not sustainable for those delivering or accessing care support.

“A better deal for our local councils is a better deal for all of us - councils are key to preventing problems occurring in the first place. Funding needs to be focused on making sure that people in our communities get the services they need at the right time and in the right place.

“Investing in Local Government means helping to support people to live independent and fulfilling lives in their community, preventing hospital and care home admissions.

“Investing in Local Government means empowering front line staff and strengthening the user-experience of care.

“Investing in Local Government means alleviating the acute pressures currently being felt by front-line services in our health service and social care, and appropriately recognising the fundamental value of care to society.”

Further information:
The Councils Are Key budget lobbying document can be found here.