Scottish government urged to accelerate work on reforming care

Scottish government urged to accelerate work on reforming care

The Scottish government has been urged to accelerate its reform of adult social care and ‘urgently’ review the structure, funding and regulation of the sector.

A report be the Advisory Group on Economic Recovery said a review should also address workforce issues, including the Fair Work Convention’s 2019 report on the sector; and recognise and support the contribution of unpaid carers.

‘Care homes are not just a key part of our social and health care system: they are a key part of Scotland’s economy,’ the report said. ‘Scotland’s social care sector employs 200,000 people, 80% in the private and third sector, and has a financial value to the Scottish economy of over £3bn.’

The report, Towards a robust, resilient wellbeing economy for Scotland, details the findings of the independent advisory group on the country’s economic recovery in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.