GRIM FUTURE FOR UNDERFUNDED CARE SERVICES

Forcing frontline staff to bear the brunt of social care cuts is not a long term solution.

Voluntary sector providers of care and support services for people with disabilities have recently implemented cost cutting measures after the City of Edinburgh Council cut funding by 10% in early 2011. Now a race to the bottom is developing as organisations try to put themselves in a ‘competitive’ position ahead of further funding cuts expected in 2013.

In 2009 the City of Edinburgh Council attempted to sell off housing support services for people with disabilities through a flawed tender process. In early 2010 the process was finally stopped after legal challenges and a hard fought campaign by service-users, workers and advocacy groups. 18 months later Choices Care, the private company that stood to win the biggest contract, went bust demonstrating just what happens when companies try to deliver services at cut price rates. Continue reading