Constituency MSP, Jackie Baillie, says that our community’s most vulnerable people will bear the brunt of the cuts proposed by Argyll and Bute’s Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP). The most recent papers show that the HSCP is considering increasing care fees and charges on a range of social care services.
Funding for Argyll and Bute HSCP comes from two partner organisations, Argyll and Bute Council and NHS Highland, the funding from both organisations will not be confirmed until March so the HSCP funding is estimated at this stage. The Scottish Government budget proposals will see a real terms cut of £230m in the budget across all local authorities, including Argyll & Bute Council.
The HSCP anticipates a budget gap in 2019-20 of between £2.736m and £9.356m, depending on the funding which they are allocated.
In order to close the budget gap, the HSCP is considering a range of options. Among the possible budget options, the HSCP is considering increasing social work charges by 3%; increasing non-residential sleepover charges by 18% and increasing residential care charges by 6%.
“It is clear that disabled people and people on low incomes will be adversely impacted by the budget proposals put forward by Argyll and Bute Health and Social Care Partnership.
“These increases will make some of the charges really difficult to cope with for many of our most vulnerable residents.
“The proposals are a direct result of the Scottish Government’s failure to properly resource local authorities which in turn has an impact on social care services.
“I hope that Argyll and Bute HSCP can find alternative ways to fund these crucial services without increasing charges.”