News: 4 Steps to Fair Work campaign launched to bring step change in social care

New CCPS campaign amplifies voices of sector and civic society, urging the Scottish Government to pledge to invest and give hope of equality

The Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland today launches a national campaign calling on the Scottish Government to deliver Fair Work for Scotland’s not-for-profit social care staff.

The campaign draws on evidence from CCPS’s membership organisations about the acute pressures currently being faced by their services as a result of the Scottish Government’s base pay rate for staff of £10.90, which is leading to staff leaving the workforce and many services being jeopardised.

The initiative aims to influence Scottish Government to take 4 Steps to Fair Work for social care staff and announce a timetable for investment. The 4 Steps are:

1. Deal with pay inequality: As a first step, implement the promise of a minimum of £12 per hour for social care staff, starting from 1 April 2023.

2. Ensure equal pay for equal work: Apply pay uplifts to staff in all services, not just those in registered adult social care.

3. Value all staff who play their part: Deliver funding packages that value the crucial role of support staff and managers, alongside frontline workers.

4. Give us hope of equality: Publish a timetable by this September to deliver fully on Fair Work in Social Care by 2025.

Launching the campaign, CCPS’s Chief Executive Rachel Cackett said:

“We may not always ‘see’ it, but social care and support is a fundamental; it touches all of us at points through our lives. But it mostly happens behind closed doors and is often obscured behind the big headlines about the crisis in the NHS.

“Social care needs to be championed in public for its crucial role in supporting people to realise their right to independence, their connections with the people and places that matter to them, their wellbeing, and their ability to participate in work, school and community.

“The Scottish Government needs to start talking about why social care matters – not just to keep the NHS on its feet, but to keep people on theirs. And it needs to articulate a plan for how it will invest in, and finally deliver, Fair Work.”

“This campaign is a first step on that journey and we hope everyone who cares about Fair Work will give it their support.”

Through the campaign CCPS’s members and wider civic society will alert the Scottish Government to why delivering on Fair Work is fundamental for the future of Scotland’s social care workforce.

Over the next three months, in the run-up to the Programme for Government and spending review, CCPS will be sharing voices, views and calls to action through the campaign.

Find out more about the campaign and take part.

Comment: Why care homes are not alone in a sector facing intense pressure

Our Chief Executive Rachel Cackett responds to news about the status of care home funding

Rachel Cackett

Responding to news about the status of care home funding across Scotland today, Rachel Cackett, CEO of the Coalition of Care and Support Providers, said:

“The situation for care homes is clearly very serious just now – and care homes are not alone in contending with sustainability issues fuelled by insufficient funding increases and too few staff. Not-for-profit social care is facing these issues in all services right now.

Our member organisations report intense pressure across the breadth of their provision, in community- and residential-based services for older people, in services for people with disabilities, and in services supporting children and families.

Why is this happening? In a large part because, despite a commitment to Fair Work in Social Care dating back to 2019, the Scottish Government has chosen to raise the minimum wage in our sector by just 3.8% to £10.90 this year.

That is an uplift only applied to staff providing registered services to adults. There is no commitment to other social care staff, for example those working in children’s services. The result is more and more of the workforce leaving social care for better terms and conditions elsewhere, jeopardising many key services.

We need to see immediate action on a pay uplift to £12 for all social care staff and across all services.

Amidst this crisis, it’s also vital we remember that there are real people at the heart of all these services. People who need support to thrive and take charge of their lives, and to play an active part in their families, communities, school and work.

We need to see a fair social care system in which workers and people who use services are truly valued. That is central to the First Minister’s vison of delivering on equality, opportunity and community in Scotland.

Unless the pay inequality being experienced by social care staff is addressed it will be impossible to fulfil that pledge.”

“We’re much happier” – How good quality family support can change lives

Marking our family support conference on 15 May 2023, we’ve published a selection of case studies provided by Aberlour, Action for Children Scotland, Barnardo’s Scotland and Children 1st

As part of our conference Whole Family Support: The Power of Prevention, held on 15 May 2023, we’re sharing examples of the positive impact family support can have.

The following case studies, videos and resources have been provided by CCPS member organisations Action for Children Scotland, Aberlour, Barnardo’s Scotland and Children 1st as part of the work of our Committee on Care and Support for Children and Young People.

Action for Children Scotland – Glasgow South Family support 

(Names have been anonymised). When the Smith family, a mother and two children, were referred, they were facing difficulties following a parental separation. The father was estranged and ongoing investigations regarding domestic abuse were underway.

This caused trauma, especially for the children’s mother Sandra and daughter Zoe (11). The turmoil affected Sandra’s confidence and mental health.

The immediate referral ask was to support with routines and boundaries, to build upon existing relationships, while improving school attendance for Zoe in particular.

The family required support with everyday planning and prioritising calls to rearrange missed appointments. First discussions were general, which enabled a list to be drawn up of what the family hoped to achieve. This planning included establishing key appointments and exploring finance maximisation options.

The family support worker took each item on the list and discussed the required process to achieve this. The worker also brought games and toys each visit for the whole family to play to encourage participation. A funding application was made for sensory items for Connor (9) who has ASD and had no methods to engage his interest in light and drawing.  Connor now has a sensory tent, lamp, and a drawing board.

The family support worker is in direct contact with Zoe’s high school to help with increased attendance.

The family engaged in discussions on boundaries and the need for these and detailing some small changes. For example, using words to express frustration, rather than hitting mum, as well as greater understanding of anger masking other emotions and the benefits of naming our emotions and working through these.

Sandra has noted that finances are more stable and she feels less concerned about managing day-to-day activities. “Things are much better; home life has improved and we are much happier.”

Sandra is also considering getting back into employment following many years at home.

Examples of family support in Barnardo’s Scotland

We know from our experience within Barnardo’s Scotland that it can take some time for families to find the right type and level of support, often only being able to access help once their situation has deteriorated and there is a risk of statutory intervention. That’s why we need to see a greater focus on early intervention.

Early years

We know that a child’s earliest years are critical, as our experience in this period starts to shape the way we relate to others. Our Perinatal Mental Health Service across Renfrewshire and Inverclyde provides a range of group work and one to one support for expectant parents, new parents and carers and infants up to three years old. We use the Five to Thrive method to provide parents with knowledge and skills about attachment and development, so they have lots of information about how their baby will grow and develop and how they can support them.

Many of the parents supported by ‘Growing Together’ are also care experienced. This is what Julie from our Threads service in Renfrewshire says about her role and the difference this can make: “I work with young families who are either expecting a baby or have a baby in that first year perinatal period. I work a lot with the Five to Thrive approach, giving parents more information about how their baby is developing and how their interactions have an impact on how their baby develops. I also work with families where I give a lot of emotional support, again through the peri-natal period, again young mums.”

Schools-based support

Barnardo’s Scotland has a long history of working in partnership with schools and we deliver schools-based support to around 16% of the Scottish education estate and recognise the range of complex issues which can affect children and young people’s engagement in education. Our work often includes individual and group support to children, young people and their families using a family support approach.

Lesley, who works in our Barnardo’s Scotland Nurture service in Inverclyde, has said: “I support families with any sort of need, so it could be problems with their tenancy, problems with their finances, budgeting, getting their benefits straight, those sorts of immediate practical supports. But I also offer support emotionally, if they are going through tough times either because they have mental or physical health problems, or because someone in their family has mental or physical health problems, or relationship issues with kids, partner or other people in their family or community. It can also be they have problems implementing routines and boundaries with their kids and addressing this can make family life much better.

“I try and give support that’s appropriate to the level of their need, to come alongside them and not disempower them in any way. I want them to realise they have the power within themselves to get through whatever is going on for them and get out the other end. I always believe we can work together to get to a place where they no longer need me. Parents are the best people to know what’s going on in their family, they are the experts and it’s much better to support them to a place where they can deal with things on their own.”

Supporting families affected by disability

Across Barnardo’s Scotland we provide family support in partnership with children, young people and families, who experience a range of additional support needs, including disability. Our staff can provide practical support, including help understanding a diagnosis or condition, alongside listening and supporting parental self-care.

Reflecting on her role, Alison from our Dundee service said: “I work in a child and family service where we have a focus on children with disabilities. I predominantly work with parents. However, I use a whole family approach because a parent needs to be ok to be able to parent effectively.

“It can be supporting parents with their mental health, routines, structure, boundaries, understanding their child’s diagnosis, and sometimes it’s just being that person on the end of the phone, to listen and to say, ‘ok what solution can we come up with then?’. It’s about supporting parents to enjoy the uniqueness of their child and to learn and have the confidence to say what works for them and their child.”’

Supporting the transition to adulthood for young adults

For many young people the transition to adulthood and independent living can be challenging if they don’t have a positive support network to help them navigate the changes this brings.

Barnardo’s Scotland has a number of 16+, leaving care and housing support services who are able be alongside young people and offer practical and emotional help as they set off on their journey to independence.

Here is what Lucy from our Renfrewshire service said about her role: “I work mainly with young people who live in our Gap Homes, who are transitioning from a care setting to independent living. Initially it is a very high level of support but as they get more confident that eases off. The pandemic has had a big impact on mental health so we have been getting out for walks, lots of nature activities, support with cooking and cleaning, a lot of conflict resolution and anything else which can support their day to day lives.

“When they go on to independent living I carry on supporting them… Previously we’ve had families in the house too so that included supporting the parents and the babies, being there in the evenings helping with bedtime routines and popping in each morning to help with the morning routine. We’re always adapting to meet the needs of the young people; either reducing the support down or building it up depending on what they need.”

Case study and film from Aberlour

Read a case study and watch a short film about a family the charity has supported though its Aberlour Sustain Angus Service.

Stories and resources from Children 1st

Watch a short video about East Renfrewshire’ Family Wellbeing service on YouTube

Read Teresa’s story

Read about why family support is a right

Download a briefing for MSPs on Championing the Right to Holistic Family Support.

Comment: The days of ‘jam tomorrow’ promises on social care in this country are over. It’s time to act

It should be a national scandal that government after government, whether in Holyrood or Westminster, has kicked decisions on investing in social care and support down the road, over and over again, writes CCPS’s CEO Rachel Cackett.

Rachel Cackett

I’ve been listening to the First Minister’s speech to parliament this afternoon with a growing sense of frustration and anger. It should be a national scandal that government after government, whether in Holyrood or Westminster, has kicked decisions on investing in social care and support down the road, over and over again.

Today was no exception. £12 per hour aspired to, but only for those working with adults. A delivery timetable on pay promised, with no clear dates. No indication of how hoped-for investment in frontline staff will support career progression for good people doing good and essential work to support our neighbours, our families, our friends.

The Scottish Government keeps telling us there is no money to meet their own commitment to Fair Work in Social Care – to close the outrageous 20% pay gap between NHS support workers and third sector social care support workers who are starting out in their career. But I would note that we often hear this in the same breath as money is magically found for other sectors, often in the face of actual or threatened strike action.

So, again, staff in social care fall behind. And providers struggle to recruit. And they struggle to keep staff who need to make ends meet for their own families. And politicians wonder why Scotland faces persistent health inequalities, under-attainment, poverty, unbearable pressure on our NHS….

So, this is our call to this government: Value social care’s contribution to the people and the economy of Scotland. Pay all staff properly and fairly for the work they do. Stop skewing the health and social care labour market by knowingly baking in inequities. And stop expecting charitable providers to shoulder the financial consequences of poorly thought-out and implemented national policy on social care investment.

Our First Minister could start by doing this in three, practical steps:

  1. Implement a Scottish Social Care Living Wage right now by committing to a 2023-24 social care uplift for ALL staff, to an hourly rate of at least £12.
  2. Pay all uplifts on 100% contract value to ensure employers can invest in all their staff fairly.
  3. Publish a three-year timetable by the next Programme for Government to deliver Fair Work in Social Care through parity of pay and key terms & conditions.

CCPS has detailed to the government repeatedly the unintended consequence of its approach on the future of social care in this country. We hear every day from providers about the truly difficult decisions they are having to make. The days of ‘jam tomorrow’ promises are gone. It really is time to act.

 

Vison and priorities for social care: Humza Yousaf responds to our questions

One of the three candidates vying to be Scotland’s next First Minister has outlined his commitments.

Humza Yousaf, one of three candidates competing to be Scotland’s next First Minister and leader of the SNP, has responded to a letter sent by our CEO Rachel Cackett and Board chair Andrea Wood.

In the letter, sent on 7 March, the candidates were asked three questions:

  • Will you commit to our 4 Steps to Fair Work?
  • Will you commit to implement social care reform and meet with us, within your first month in post, to discuss constructive ideas for positive and urgent change?
  • How would you articulate your own vision for social care reform in Scotland?

In response Mr Yousaf, who has been Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care since 2021, said:

“Thank you for taking the time to contact me as a candidate in the SNP leadership contest and for your patience in waiting for a response.

Currently as Cabinet Secretary of Health and Social Care, the issues you raise are important to me and would continue to be so if elected as First Minister.

There are two key commitments I want to make in regards to the Health and Social Care sector.

We need to make sure that our staff are properly paid – not only to recruit staff but to retain them.

Secondly, we have some reform to do in our NHS which will see as many people as possible treated as close to home as possible, leaving our hospitals available for emergencies only. This means that investment in our Social Care sector is at the heart of NHS reform and for bettering the conditions of work for social care workers.

If we have social care that has the right workforce, that is working for people, then we can stop them from coming in the front door of hospitals or GP practices, but we can also work on stopping the exit block and see people getting out the doors of hospitals as soon as they are fit to do so and back into their community, keeping as close to home as possible.

Therefore, reforming health care and social care has to be at the heart of my leadership. That is why I am passionate about the idea of a National Care Service – although I recognise that current proposals will need amendments, via dialogue with Local Government, Trade Unions, and membership organisations to make sure it works for everyone.

The principle of the National Care Service, where we have fair pay for our social care workers, where we have national collective sectoral bargaining, and where we have ethical commissioning – these markers will solidify a national social care system that is worthy of the name.”

Our letter also argued that a legislative pause could be an opportunity for the new First Minister to look afresh at social care reform based on our model, and to drive forward Fair Work and sustainable funding.

Ash Regan and Kate Forbes have yet to respond.

Leadership candidates asked: ‘what is your vision for social care reform in Scotland?’

Our CEO Rachel Cackett and Board chair Andrea Wood have written to Kate Forbes, Ash Regan and Humza Yousaf, the three candidates competing to be Scotland’s next First Minister and leader of the SNP.

Our CEO Rachel Cackett and Board chair Andrea Wood have written to Kate Forbes, Ash Regan and Humza Yousaf, the three candidates competing to be Scotland’s next First Minister and leader of the SNP.Read the letter hereIn the letter the candidates are asked three questions about social care priorities if they become First Minister. The questions are:

• Will you commit to our 4 Steps to Fair Work?

• Will you commit to implement social care reform and meet with us, within your first month in post, to discuss constructive ideas for positive and urgent change?

• How would you articulate your own vision for social care reform in Scotland?

The letter also outlines why a legislative pause could be an opportunity for the new First Minister to look afresh at social care reform based on our model, and to drive forward Fair Work and sustainable funding.

When we receive responses from the candidates, we plan to share them with members and through our public communications channels.

CCPS boosts team with Head of Communications and Engagement

The Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS) has appointed Chris Small to the role of Head of Communications and Engagement.

The Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS) has appointed Chris Small to the role of Head of Communications and Engagement. CCPS represents more than 90 not-for-profit social care and support providers who deliver vital services to over 220,000 people and their families across Scotland.

Chris joins CCPS from the national charity, Children in Scotland, where he spent seven years as Communications and Marketing Manager. While with Children in Scotland, Chris led on the organisation’s identity review, rebranding project, and the successful 25 Calls campaign, as well as driving communication around the organisation’s policy priorities.

Chris began his career as a production journalist at The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday, before taking on the role of Communications Manager for the Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland. He also held roles with the University of Edinburgh and the Times Educational Supplement Scotland as well as being web editor at the Scottish Parliament.

In his new role with CCPS Chris will support the Chief Executive and CCPS membership on priority areas including the National Care Service and the cost-of-living crisis. He will also manage a team responsible for engagement with the Scottish Parliament and CCPS Public Affairs as well as membership communication and events. This will include collaborating with communications leads across CCPS’s member network to support shared goals on social care reform.

Chris said: “This is an incredibly important time for Scotland’s social care sector, and I am committed to doing all that I can to promote and safeguard the interests of our members who are responsible for such important work. In my new role I will be working with the team at CCPS to enhance and increase our engagement, visibility and collaboration. We have a great team and I am relishing the opportunity of working with them to support our membership in the crucial months ahead.”

Welcoming Chris’s appointment, Rachel Cackett, Chief Executive at CCPS said: “Chris is a highly experienced communications professional, and I am looking forward to working with him on key areas that are critical to Scotland’s social care sector including Fair Work, the reform agenda and the NCS. We have developed a new model for social care in Scotland and with Chris’s help we will ensure that our partners, stakeholders and others can share our vision for a vibrant and sustainable social care sector in the future.”

The Scottish budget for third sector social care: is it all costs, no value? 

There is no money: The mantra of the moment.  

Rachel Cackett

There is no money: The mantra of the moment.

But clearly that’s not really the case.

Scotland’s resource funding for 2023-24 is almost £42bn[1]. Now, inflationary pressures alone will clearly mean that won’t go as far as £42bn a year ago. And the economic outlook is certainly gloomy. Money is tight for sure; very tight. But when costs are high and budgets under pressure, political allocation decisions show relative value in a stark light.

In this context, the relative value this Scottish Budget places on third sector social care organisations, their staff – and on the people requiring social care and support – is really poor.

In his Budget statement, we heard the Deputy First Minister herald a “formidable pay settlement” for the NHS this year and a 40p per hour uplift for our social care staff next year.

It is therefore no surprise that there is tremendous anger in our sector at this small, comparative uplift in the midst of a recruitment and retention crisis that threatens the critical services we provide to people across Scotland.

Since the Budget was announced though, I have been reflecting on a conundrum.

The Scottish Government clearly takes the responsibilities of staff providing social care and support seriously. These are people who work closely with older people, children and families, disabled people, people with learning disabilities, who are homeless, who are experiencing ill health, including poor mental health, who’ve been through the criminal justice system. And just look at how the government has acted to change the sector over recent years:

Social care and support staff are skilled practitioners who are now required to meet professional qualification requirements.

Social care workers are now professionally regulated. They must abide by Codes of Practice and can be suspended from, or removed from, the register if concerns about their fitness to practise are upheld.

They work in highly regulated services because, of course, it’s important that people using those services receive high quality care from employed staff.

And they are subject to PVG checks because support workers must demonstrate they are suitable to work with people who are vulnerable.

All, in principle, understandable changes in the context of the significant responsibilities held by social care and support staff.

So, here’s the conundrum: The government thinks that frontline social care staff need to be skilled, qualified, professionally regulated and police checked because of the responsible, high-risk nature of the work they do, and yet… they are worth only £10.90 an hour from April. They are worth only what the Living Wage Foundation has set as the minimum amount to ‘get by’.

For me, that’s a balance sheet that just doesn’t add up.

The Scottish Government keeps repeating that social care staff have received a 14.7% pay rise over the last two years.

But that’s a game of walnuts under cups. Let’s clarify a few things.

First of all, percentages very conveniently hide huge disparities in the cash people receive. In April 2020, the basic gross salary funded by the Scottish Government for an adult third sector support worker was £18,135. In the NHS someone doing the equivalent job[2] was on £20,700 (and let’s not even start on the differences in pensions and other benefits).

This year, a third sector support worker salary funded by Scottish Government was £20,475, unlike their NHS equivalent who was awarded £23,914.

Despite a government commitment to Fair Work in Social Care dating back to 2019, the salary gap between equivalent posts has actually increased from 14.1 to 16.8% in the past two years.  In terms of parity, our sector has gone backwards. In fact, a third sector adult social care worker on a basic salary as funded by Scottish Government in 2022 now earns less, in cash terms, than the equivalent NHS worker earned in 2020.

Second, let’s be clear that the Scottish Government has chosen to apply social care uplifts only to those providing registered services to adults. Everyone else, staff in children’s services for example, have had no guaranteed uplift funded from Scottish Government.

And here’s another thing….The much-quoted 14.7% uplift oddly includes a pay rise no-one has even seen in their pay packet yet. In a most unconventional move, the government has chosen to include the recently announced April 2023 pay uplift (again only for adults) in their headline figure for the ‘past two years’[3].

And all these figures for social care staff apply only to those employed by not for profit and independent sector organisations, such as charities who are commissioned to provide public services. They don’t apply to social care staff employed by councils – who do equivalent work. Following the intervention of Scottish Government, local government staff also enjoyed a far higher pay rise this year – from a higher baseline – than their not-for-profit colleagues.

This week we compared the social care support worker starting salaries in a number of jobs advertised by local authorities across Scotland. Almost all were receiving at least £1 more per hour than the £10.50 floor set by Scottish Government for our sector. That’s a very attractive £2,000 difference in annual salary.

Bar chart showing the hourly rate of new workers in a range of jobs being advertised in the sector as of 1st Feb 2023. Compares the rate funded for the third sector to pay a worker to the rates offered by a range of councils.

Finally, we keep hearing figures from Scottish Government about how much it would cost them to increase salaries for staff in third and independent sector social care organisations. As if those increased wages wouldn’t result in increased tax revenue and spend to offset a good proportion of the additional investment – as the Scottish Women’s Budget Group modelled in their report this week[4].

And as if those increased wages wouldn’t help to ensure services were actually fully staffed to provide the care and support that people right across Scotland need to live independently, stay in work or in school, to be connected and participate in their communities, to be well, to have their human rights respected…  and of course, to stay out of hospital.

Scotland talks a good Fair Work game, but in this budget the Scottish Government makes some pretty stark choices for third sector social care organisations, their staff and the people who rely on social care. These are decisions on costs which do not reflect the value of our staff and the people they work with, and which certainly don’t deliver Fair Work.

The Coalition of Care & Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS), alongside our members, is committed to collaborating with the Scottish Government to deliver on Fair Work for the social care sector. But the threat to our services is real; it is happening now, and we can’t wait any longer.

Even before this winter kicked in, 63% of CCPS members were considering taking emergency measures such as reducing services or handing back contracts. So, we are calling on the government to demonstrate that they really do value third sector social care and support staff. They deserve nothing less – as do the 1 in 20 Scottish people who are likely to need social care support next year.

The costs of not doing so are, quite simply, profound.

So, CCPS is calling on the Scottish Government to take 4 steps to Fair Work now:

  1. Immediately implement the updated Real Living Wage (£10.90), backdated to 22 September 2022, as a minimum uplift for ALL social care support staff in the third and independent sectors.
  2. From April 2023, implement a Scottish Social Care Living Wage by committing to a 2023-24 social care uplift for all staff, to an hourly rate of at least £12.
  3. Pay all uplifts on 100% contract value to ensure employers can invest in all their staff fairly.
  4. And publish a three-year timetable in the next Programme for Government to deliver Fair Work in Social Care through parity of pay and key terms & conditions.

We’re not asking for much; we just want a fair settlement for the people providing vital care across Scotland. So, come on Scottish Government let’s get behind the social care sector…now.

Rachel Cackett
CEO
Coalition of Care and Support Providers Scotland
2 February 2023

[1] Budget 2023-24 | Scottish Parliament

[2] Following publication of the Community Integrated Care report, Unfair to Care, we have used AfC Band 3 pay scales as our comparator. Social care salaries have been calculated using a 37.5 hour week.

[3] Meeting of the Parliament: 19/01/2023 | Scottish Parliament Website

[4] Towards-a-transformative-universal-adult-social-care-support-service-for-Scotland.pdf (swbg.org.uk)

A response to the Independent Review of Inspection, Scrutiny and Regulation (IRISR)

In October 2022, Scottish Government announced the IRISR, to chaired by Dame Sue Bruce and reporting in June 2023. 

In October 2022, Scottish Government announced the Independent Review of Inspection Scrutiny and Regulation (IRISR), to be chaired by Dame Sue Bruce and reporting in June 2023.

The IRISR is looking at how social care services are regulated and inspected across social care support services in Scotland, to ensure a human rights and person-centred approach. It will also consider how regulation and inspection of social care can deliver improved outcomes for people within a regulatory framework that meets the needs of the planned National Care Service (NCS).

Our response was submitted to the Scottish Government via CitizenSpace in December and can be accessed in full here: CCPS IRISR response December 2022

In it, we discuss the importance of investing the time and resource to meaningfully involve supported people in inspection processes. We highlight challenges in the current service registration categories and emphasise the importance of strategic inspection that takes account of the impact of commissioning and procurement approaches on the services our members can provide. We advocate for inspection and scrutiny that is focused on personal outcomes and service improvement, rather than process and compliance. In the challenges of the current context, we note that scrutiny and workforce regulation also need be consistent, realistic and supportive of our member organisations.

A response to the draft Scottish Budget 2023-24 from the CCPS Board and CEO

The CCPS Board and CEO have written a letter to the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care requesting an urgent meeting before the Budget Bill is passed.

URGENT NEWS: CCPS leadership responds to Draft Budget 2023-24

CCPS members met to discuss the draft Scottish Budget on 19 December and expressed both disappointment and anger at the Scottish Government’s lack of recognition or appreciation of the crisis facing third sector social care and support providers. The CCPS Board and CEO have written a letter to the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Care requesting an urgent meeting before the Budget Bill is passed. We have highlighted the ongoing lack of parity and respect for our sector and questioned the national commitment to Fair Work. We note to the Scottish Government ministers that, “There simply will not be a sustainable third sector available to deliver your aspirations if you do not act quickly to deal with the issues we face right now”.