Social Care – SSSC fees to be paid for new entrants

The Scottish Government announced last week that the SSSC and PVG fees will be waived for all new staff joining social care. It is not yet clear whether local authorities will have to fund this themselves but we do know that it will not apply to existing staff.  

You can read the full announcement here:

and UNISON’s response here:

The seventh edition of UNISON Scotland’s Care Futures

Care Futures no 7 is published here on the website. Focussing as it does on the results of the recent UNISON Scotland survey of care workers about the extent and impact of staff shortages, it makes for grim reading. As well as that it mentions the suggestions UNISON are making as short term measures to address the crisis.  

A copy is here

Care Reform

The second of UNISON Scotland’s briefings on the issues around care reform is now on line.

The care reforms being consulted on by the Scottish Government could impact on a wide range of sectors and services. As such it is important that there is engagement across UNISON with these proposals.   

 Care Futures will be a series of briefings that will provide UNISON Scotland branches and members with information to help discuss and develop UNISON’s approach to the reform of care.

This second edition looks at what Fair work would mean in a National Care Service

The briefing is attached or can be accessed on the UNISON Scotland website.