CCPS Briefing: Winter pressures in social care 26.09.22

CCPS Briefing for the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee: Winter Pressures in Social Care

With significant cost and demand pressures facing third sector providers of social care and support, CCPS undertook a snapshot survey of members in early September.  Rachel Cackett, CCPS CEO said, “The situation is grave as providers – and the people they are supporting – face a perfect storm over the coming months. In the few weeks since we asked our members to tell us about the pressures they are under, the economic situation has become significantly worse. We have shared our key findings with the Scottish Parliament’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee as they undertake their own discussions on winter pressures for the sector.  CCPS continues to be ready to discuss practical measures that will support the sustainability of the sector for everyone who needs care and support.”

Rachel Cackett

Chief Executive Officer

 

Read the CCPS Briefing for the Health, Social Care and Sport Committee: Winter Pressures in Social Care

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CCPS reacts to the announcement of a 10% increase in the Real Living Wage

Rachel Cackett, CEO of the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland said: “CCPS recognises the importance of an immediate increase to the Real Living Wage, which addresses the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on the lowest paid. It comes not a moment too soon.”

Rachel Cackett, CEO of the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland said: “CCPS recognises the importance of an immediate increase to the Real Living Wage, which addresses the impact of the cost-of-living crisis on the lowest paid. It comes not a moment too soon.

“But this announcement will mean that the lowest paid Scottish social care staff – who provide essential care and support in our families and local communities – will now be earning less than the Living Wage Foundation calculates is needed to make ends meet.  These are staff working with older people, disabled people, children, families and others who need support.

“Local government social care contracts for third sector providers of adult social are currently based on the lowest paid frontline staff taking home 10.50ph – 40p per hour less than the new Real Living Wage minimum that comes into place today.  That’s not far off an £800 hole in a full-time worker’s pocket each year.  Providers offering services to children, for example, don’t even have that guarantee.

“The Scottish Government’s recent increase to a minimum hourly rate of £10.50 for social care staff kept key workers’ pay just above the previous living wage baseline – and rightly so.  Keeping the same difference between the new Real Living Wage of £10.90 and the basic pay of a frontline care and support worker would mean increasing their hourly rate to £11.55 – with a knock-on effect on pay increases for all social care staff.

“Put today’s announcement alongside recent pay and benefits offers for health and social care staff in councils and the NHS, which outstrip anything on offer to people working in the third sector, and the situation is deeply concerning. Without the resources to match these sorts of increases, third sector organisations will seriously struggle to meet the needs of those who will be impacted the most by the current cost-of-living crisis.

“As the financial pressures really start to mount over the winter, and people need the care and support of our third sector even more, we simply can’t afford to see our brightest and best staff vote with their feet.  They have families to feed and houses to heat too.

“Today, CCPS calls on the Scottish Government to hold to its commitments to Fair Work and a sustainable social care sector by, as a first step, committing to funding that will allow service contracts to reflect equity in uplifts this year for all staff working in third sector social care organisations.”

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CCPS Letter to the Finance Committee Convener – Sep 2022

CCPS submitted evidence to the Finance Committee, setting out our initial position on the legislation, noting that we remain open to working collaboratively and constructively with the Scottish Government and partners on reform, but noting concerns with the direction set out in the Bill.

CCPS Statement on the Fraser of Allander Institute’s briefing on social care reform in Scotland

The Fraser of Allander Institute, with funding from CCPS, has today published a detailed briefing on the cost implications of the National Care Service Bill.

Social Care Reform in Scotland: context, cost and questions

The Fraser of Allander Institute has today published a detailed briefing on the National Care Service Bill. The analysis undertaken to produce the work was carried out with funding from CCPS.

The Independent Review of Adult Social Care called for a ‘paradigm shift’ in our thinking about funding social care from financial burden to investment. Following the review, the Scottish Government introduced proposals to create the National Care Service.

CCPS funded the Fraser of Allander Institute to undertake this work to enable us to understand the cost implications for providers, the people who work for them and the people they support, and the potential impact of future investment.

Rachel Cackett, Chief Executive of CCPS, said:

“The proposals in the National Care Service Bill represent the most ambitious piece of public service reform to be undertaken since the creation of the Scottish Parliament – in terms of both scale and complexity.

The Bill in its current form raises significant questions which remain to be answered about the affordability of a National Care Service and the investment required to sustain it in the long term.

This first briefing from the Fraser of Allander Institute, produced with CCPS funding, provides vital expert commentary at a critical moment. We hope it will be of value to everyone involved in considering Stage 1 of the National Care Service Bill and the efficacy of the Scottish Government’s proposals.”

CCPS is the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland.

Our mission is to identify, represent, promote and safeguard the interests of third
sector and not-for-profit social care and support providers in Scotland, so that they
can maximise the impact they have on meeting social need.

CCPS membership comprises over 90 of the most substantial care and support
providers in Scotland’s third sector, providing high quality support in the areas of
community care for adults with disabilities and for older people, youth and criminal
justice, addictions, homelessness, and children’s services and family support.

FAI – Social Care Reform in Scotland

Annex A – Summary of Scottish Government research and analysis of the NCS

Annex B – Replicating the costs presented in the Independent Review of Adult Social Care

Annex C – Financial Memorandum – National Care Service

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CCPS Statement on the publication of the National Care Services (Scotland) Bill

CCPS is committed to the transformation of social care and now that
the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill is published we look forward to
discussing the detail with the Scottish Government and other partners
over the coming months.

CCPS is committed to the transformation of social care and now that
the National Care Service (Scotland) Bill is published we look forward to
discussing the detail with the Scottish Government and other partners
over the coming months. We support the decision of the Scottish
Government to consult further on the inclusion of children’s services and
justice services – our members will be active contributors to that debate.
There is much to admire about the aspirations set out in the bill, which
include a commitment to human rights, to fair work, early intervention
and coproduction. The realisation of these will require substantial
financial investment and cultural change alongside legislative change.

The legislation in itself will not transform social care. That is down to the
people who work in the sector, the people who commission and fund
services, and the people supported by social care. This is a sector
founded on human relationships and unless we see fundamental cultural
change in the quality of those relationships, we fear this wider
endeavour will fail. To that end, we are calling on the Scottish
Government and other partners to work together constructively to bring
into being a system and structure for social care and support based on
respect, partnership and collaboration. That work needs to commence
straight away.

NOTES:
CCPS is the Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland.
Our mission is to identify, represent, promote and safeguard the interests of third
sector and not-for-profit social care and support providers in Scotland, so that they
can maximise the impact they have on meeting social need.
CCPS membership comprises over 90 of the most substantial care and support
providers in Scotland’s third sector, providing high quality support in the areas of
community care for adults with disabilities and for older people, youth and criminal
justice, addictions, homelessness, and children’s services and family support.

Download this statement as a pdf.

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Rachel Cackett to join CCPS as Chief Executive 

CCPS is delighted to announce that Rachel Cackett will be joining the organisation as its new Chief Executive in July.

CCPS is delighted to announce that Rachel Cackett will be joining the organisation as its new Chief Executive in July. Rachel succeeds Annie Gunner Logan who stepped down as Chief Executive at the end of April after 24 years. 

Rachel will join CCPS from Samaritans where she has worked as Executive Director for Scotland since January 2020. At Samaritans she has worked with volunteers, staff, partners and people with lived experience to build the charity’s Scottish presence, secure a new self-harm strategy, and shape recommendations for suicidal crisis support. 

Prior to joining Samaritans, Rachel worked in the Scottish health and care sector for 20 years with campaign and policy roles at Shelter, RVS and the RCN, where she led the organisation’s work on integration, NHS finance and safe staffing legislation. 

Welcoming Rachel’s appointment, Andrea Wood, Convenor of the CCPS Board of Trustees said: 

“We are absolutely delighted to be welcoming Rachel to CCPS as Chief Executive. She will bring considerable knowledge and experience to the role at a critical moment for social care in Scotland. Her insight and intelligence will be invaluable as we approach the many challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.” 

Commenting on her appointment, Rachel said. 

“At such a pivotal moment for social care in Scotland, I’m delighted to be joining CCPS as Chief Executive.  So much has been done by Annie Gunner Logan and the team to inspire positive, much needed, change for social care rooted in collaboration, equity and human rights.” 

“The Feeley review clearly built on that hope in the sector. Now, as the National Care Service takes shape – and the impact of COVID continues – I’m ready to get to work with CCPS members and staff, those using services, and wider partners to build collective ideas and action for change.  The social care transformation promised really does need to deliver so that people, families and communities can thrive on their own terms.” 

Reflecting on her time at Samaritans, she added: 

“Samaritans does an incredible job in preventing suicide,” she said “whether that’s through answering a call or lobbying to reduce inequalities that can compound distress. I’m proud to have led the organisation – and a fantastic team – in Scotland and I want to say a huge thank you to them for all we have achieved together.”

For further information contact Chris Creegan, Associate Director at CCPS on 07973 119204 or at chris.creegan@blueyonder.co.uk 

Rachel Cackett

CCPS’ 2021 Business Resilience Survey

CCPS’s 2021 Business Resilience Survey was published this week.

The annual survey of care and support providers across Scotland presents a snapshot of key indicators in the sector, including levels of optimism, income and sustainability, and workforce.  Optimism levels are at a historic low due to a complex range of challenges and uncertainty facing the sector, with sustainability of services an enormous challenge for many.  The dramatic increase in recruitment and retention difficulties continues to reverberate, with few services immune to the impact. Read more here.

Our story: CCPS Annual Review 2020-21

We’ve just released our review of the 2020-21 year.

Our story- CCPS Annual Review 2020-21

It’s a very short read but it gives a great insight into everything our staff team, trustees and members worked on during the last financial year. Do please take a few minutes to have a look.

We couldn’t do what we do without the support of our members. As ever, they have played a very active role in everything we achieved in 2020-21 and continue to be at the heart of everything we do.

If you’d like to take a look at previous year’s reports, you can find them here.

CCPS response to National Care Service consultation

CCPS has submitted a response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on a National Care Service for Scotland.

A National Care Service for Scotland – CCPS consultation response

We have endeavoured to provide a comprehensive response to the consultation which reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of our members, the people who work for them, and the people they support.

Our response focuses particularly but not exclusively on a number of key aspects of the proposals. In formulating it, we have drawn on CCPS thinking and policy positions adopted over time, and on both our submission to the recent Independent Review of Adult Social Care and our response to it.

CCPS welcomes the consultation on the National Care Service

CCPS welcomes the consultation on the National Care Service.

Our initial statement can be found here: CCPS Initial Response to NCS Consultation