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7th July 2016

Stirling Social Care at Breaking Point

Councillor Gerry Mclaughlin

COUNCIL LEADER ADMITS “UNDERFUNDING” THE SERVICE

The SNP Group on Stirling Council were left astounded by recent remarks made by a Labour Councillor.
 
Stirling Council Leader, Johanna Boyd, remarked that the Social Care budget was “underfunded” during the latest Finance Committee meeting (Tuesday 21st June, 2016). The Leader of the Tory/Labour Administration also suggested that overall funding ought be be reviewed, which was proposed by the SNP Group during February’s budget meeting for this financial year.
 
The SNP budget protected the Social Care budget, however, this was voted down by the ruling Administration. 

Stirling Council SNP Finance Spokesperson, Cllr Gerry McLaughlan said:
“Following Councillor Boyd’s own comments, I am glad that she has finally conceded that her Tory/Labour Administration’s cuts have resulted in Social Care underfunding. However, for many this is too little too late. 

“People working in Social Care in Stirling tell us that they are being stretched to breaking point. Both jobs and hours being reduced so much that many of those who are in need of care are being deprived of the social interaction they would normally find with a visiting care worker. 

“The SNP presented a fully costed budget that protected Social Care this year, stating that we felt that funding to the service needed to be reviewed. This was rejected by the Administration, however, it comes as welcome news that Councillor Boyd has since seen sense in the SNP’s proposal and I hope this signals a u turn in Council policy.”