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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21878: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 28 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government whether the living wage will be paid to all social care workers in the third sector for overnight care by 31 March 2019.

Answered by: Jeane Freeman 25 March 2019

The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that the investment provided to Local Authorities to support the delivery of the real living wage commitment in social care including overnight support, reaches social care workers.

The Scottish Government wrote to Health and Social Care Partnerships on 19 October 2017, following the announcement of the extension of real living wage commitment to overnight support. It confirmed that the commitment was to be extended during 2018/19, giving time for local systems to prepare.

The Scottish Government has worked closely with COSLA, Integration Authorities, care providers and trade unions to ensure this policy is implemented successfully. It is recognised that progress has been made in implementing the commitment, but challenges remain in some areas. I therefore wrote to Local Authority Chief Executives and Integration Authority Chief Officers on 20 December 2018 setting out expectations that rates for overnight support should be based on the real living wage. The letter noted that many Local Authorities had already passed on additional resources provided by Scottish Government to meet this commitment, but some had not. The letter asked that every effort be put in place by the end of January to demonstrate how the commitment will be implemented by end March 2019.

As I discussed with Ms Baillie at our meeting on 13 March, we are aware that there continues to be positive movement on agreement of local rates and where challenges remain, the Scottish Government and COSLA will continue to work with local partners to address these.