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LABOUR COUNCILLORS SLAM COUNCL LEADER’S HANDLING OF SOCIAL WORK DEPARTMENT

After this Thursday’s (22 August) meeting of the Social Work Committee, Labour Councillors David McKie and John Martin have hit out the ineffective response to Social Work Department’s latest overspend from the SNP Tory coalition.

Labour Group spokesperson on Social Work, Councillor David McKie said:

“The meeting of the Social Work Committee highlighted once again the fact that the Tory SNP coalition lurch from one crisis to the next when it comes to Social Work. Month after month funding problems are identified and it doesn’t seem to matter when in the financial year this occurs: the response is always to sit on their hands and hop it goes away.  It is clear that the council don’t seem to know where the money is actually being spent within Social Work leading to the consistent departmental overspends.”

“The Scottish Government must also share the blame as they gave the Council funding to set up the Kinship Care programme.  When the Scottish Government decided to match Kinship Care payments to that of foster carers, we estimated that the Council would need £1.2 million.  The Scottish Government instead gave us £600,000 over three years. It’s clear that wasn’t enough to keep the programme running. My fear is that they will look to cut parts of this programme later in the year and that will impact on some of the most vulnerable people in our community”

Councillor Mckie’s Labour colleague Councillor John Martin, who is also on the committee, added:

“The coalition’s attitude seems to be to simply sit this latest overspend out and hope it goes away. The reality is however that won’t happen. If they decide not to ask the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee once again for further funding, they will inevitably need to consider cutting parts of the kinship care programme and that would be disastrous for those affected.

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