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Scottish councils’ allocations in the draft budget put at risk the delivery of essential services next year, according to local government body Cosla.Total funding for both the revenue and capital budget in the settlement is up more than £210 million, with overall Scottish Government support to local authorities at £11.1…
Squeezed funding and staff shortages are creating "extremely fragile" home care services, a report has warned.A leading think tank and a university said fees for home care services are too low to maintain quality services for the more than 400,000 older and disabled people who need daily help with washing,…
A planned strike by workers at the Shelter charity has been called off after a new pay deal was accepted.Members of the Unite union were due to walk out for three days from Tuesday but last-ditch talks have helped secure a deal.Unite said it had secured a "vastly improved" 4%…
The Government is being urged to lower the retirement age for ambulance staff to 60 to bring them into line with other emergency services workers.A 250,000-name petition was handed to the Health Department in London calling for the current retirement age of 67 to be changed.The petition was started by…
The UK Government will not allow Holyrood ministers to pay £65 settled status fees for European citizens who are working in Scotland’s public services, Nicola Sturgeon has said.The First Minister has already promised her government would pick up the cost for NHS staff and other public-sector workers who have come…
The Health Secretary has committed to adding day-to-day assessments of staff needs into new legislation aimed at ensuring safe numbers of healthcare workers.Holyrood unanimously passed the Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill at the first stage on Thursday, with cross-party support.The legislation was put forward following concerns about staffing levels…
Proposed new legislation to enshrine safe levels of health and care staff in law is expected to pass its first hurdle at Holyrood later.The Health and Care (Staffing) (Scotland) Bill was put forward following concerns about staffing levels and workforce planning in the NHS and by care providers.If passed, the…
A project to recruit more nursery staff from ethnic minorities has been launched by the Scottish Government.The £140,000 scheme aims to increase the diversity of the early learning and childcare (ELC) workforce while attempting to recruit enough staff to deliver the near-doubling of free childcare.It has been estimated up to…
Uber has announced that it will provide NHS staff in England who are working over the Christmas period with free transport this festive season.The ride sharing firm is offering two journeys costing up to £10 each, in a bid to help workers get to and from work amid limited public…
Young people's futures are being put at risk because of cuts in youth services, including hundreds of job losses, a new report warns.Unison said almost 900 youth worker jobs have been axed since 2016 and more than £13 million has been sliced from youth services across the UK.At least 160…
Nearly a third of GPs say they are likely to leave their roles within five years, a survey has found, as experts warn stress and huge workloads are forcing many to quit the profession.A poll by the Royal College of General Practitioners found that 31% of the 1,094 GPs surveyed…
Staff at the housing charity Shelter are to stage a three-day strike over a "derisory" pay offer.Members of Unite will walk out on December 11, with the union warning the organisation's ability to offer advice and support in the run-up to Christmas will be "seriously affected".Unite said Shelter had offered…
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