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.