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Vital care for 15,000 is put at risk in cash crisis

Care services for almost 15,000 vulnerable people across Scotland are in doubt because of cash problems facing voluntary organisations.

A report on charities providing care for 60,000 citizens, including the elderly and those with learning disabilities, has found that almost all of them have services which are underfunded.

The survey of 60 of the largest voluntary bodies providing social care has found that 89% have discussed at board level the viability of services which are in deficit because of inadequate funding.

Crossreach, the social care arm of the Church of Scotland, provides a range of services for 5000 people across Scotland, including care homes for the elderly, residential support for those suffering from mental health problems, and intensive support for people with learning disabilities.

Alan Staff, the organisation’s director of social care, said they are having to deal with a deficit of about £5m each year.

“We are not prepared to cut quality,” he said. “If funding meant we had to cut quality below a level which we think is suitable for service users then we would withdraw from that activity. We have had to say there are some areas of service which we simply cannot do anymore.

“Individual local authorities are each handling this very differently. “Some are looking at ways forward and others are being very hard-nosed.”

Full story at The Herald.

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