Graham Houston

Tory/Labour Coalition Admit They Got It Wrong On Social Care In Stirling

The Tory/Labour Administration on Stirling Council have admitted that they got it wrong on Social Care during the meeting of the Finance Committee last week.
Reports submitted to the committee had revealed that Social Care was on track for a £2.2 million overspend. This comes after the Administration cut spending to the service by almost £700,000 last year – a policy fiercely opposed by the SNP opposition group.
Tory and Labour Councillors – including Finance Convener Neil Benny and Labour Councillor John Hendry – made reference to the Social Care Budget being a “guesstimate”.

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Despite Cutting Service, Social Care On Course For £2 Million Overspend

Gerry McLaughlin

2017 has given the Tory/Labour Administration on Stirling Council cause to hang their heads in shame after an officers’ report has shown that overall spending on social care is set to be £2.2 million more than was originally budgeted for.

In February last year, the coalition forced through a cut of £700,000 to the service, despite the SNP Group tabling a fully-costed amendment that completely protected the service. This resulted in added pressures to a reduced staff force.

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Flagship SNP Policy Welcomed As Care Hub Gets The Go-Ahead

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Stirling Council Call Centre Complaints Sky-Rocket As Chaotic Bin Shambles Continues

The number of complaints logged by Stirling council’s call centre team has increased since the rollout of the new refuse collection service across the Stirling area.

Official figures show that 13,842 calls were received in August – that figure increasing to almost 18,000 in September when many people began receiving their new bins.

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Stirling SNP Show Support For Stirling’s City Deal Bid

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Local Councillor Welcomes Capital Fund Loan For Older People

Bridge of Allan and Dunblane SNP Councillor Graham Houston has welcomed £40,000 of loan fund to a local organisation working with older people and people with dementia.

Creating Conversations is a new social enterprise, established by Artlink and based in the Stirling University Innovation Park. Artlink seeks to engage artists with disadvantaged groups such as the local Gardening Activity Kit for older people that is easily delivered to care homes.

The investment loan, granted by Asda, came as a result of funds raised through the carrier bag charge. This £40,000 investment will help Creating Conversations with the start-up costs of launching the new product, including stock and marketing.

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