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COSLA's social work spokesperson cllr Rita Miller today sent the following letter to all newspaper editors in Scotl...
COSLA's social work spokesperson cllr Rita Miller today sent the following letter to all newspaper editors in Scotland:

Dear Editor,

Scottish Care are of course entitled to their views, which they insist on

voicing through the media, but to accuse local authorities of operating

double standards in relation to residential care fees is not only untrue -

it is inaccurate and misleading.

The facts of the matter are clear, simple and spelt out below.

At or last meeting on 26 July COSLA offered:

* an additional£10m on a full year basis all of which would be spent

on care in homes for older persons per person per week

* a proposed minimum national rate of£346 for nursing care per person

per week

* that the minimum national rates for residential care would rise pro

rata to the nursing care rate (ie to£231.70 from£225 and to£268.77

from£261) per person per week

* that beyond these new national minimum rates councils would enter

into discussions with local providers about how the balance of available

funds would be spent

* that this was an interim offer - a national review of longer term

arrangements including appropriate cost structures, to report back later

this year was on offer if the rest of the deal was accepted.

* that no further funding was available for the interim offer

* that Scottish Care action must cease as part of the settlement

Following considerable discussion during which we explained that the fine

details of the settlement could only be resolved by local discussions

because each council would require to determine with providers how to use

any funding available beyond that needed for the new national minimum

rates the following position was reached.

It was agreed to allow a short time to clarify what the local discussions

element of the settlement would result in. Further meeting on Wednesday

15 August at which a report back would be made on the local packages.

The benefit of this would be that it gives councils an opportunity to try

to engage with providers locally and explain the merits of the offer and

what it means at local level.

One final point worth noting and that is that this money will continue to

be on the table for local providers even if Scottish Care turn it down at

national level.

These are the true facts and the accurate up to date position.

Yours sincerely

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