Thursday, 01 September 2016 17:03

SNP praise record size of social service workforce

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NUMBER OF WORKERS UP 1.8 PERCENT SINCE 2014
 
The SNP has today welcomed figures from the Scottish Social Services Council which show an increase in the size of the sector’s workforce to 203,200 in 2015 – up 1.8% on the previous year.


 
The figures reflect the SNP’s commitment to investing in health and social care and supporting local government as care needs across the country grow. Rising numbers of social workers employed in local authorities, up 5% since 2012, also shows the SNP’s commitment to protecting the most vulnerable in our society – with a further commitment in the SNP’s 2016 manifesto to support new social work graduates into employment.
 
Commenting, SNP MSP Clare Haughey, who is Deputy Convener of Holyrood’s Health and Sport Committee, said:
 
“These statistics show a welcome increase in the number of people employed in our social services sector – now accounting for approximately 7.8% of Scottish employment. The size of the workforce is now the highest since the reports began in 2008 – evidence of the SNP’s commitment to ensuring people receive the best care possible.
 
“Over one-third of the workforce were employed in the care-at-home or housing support sub-sector, which is vital in allowing people to remain in their own homes and live independent lives. The SNP committed to helping social care graduates into employment in our 2016 manifesto, and it is great to see that there is a very strong foundation from which to build on.
 
“Brexit will undoubtedly provide challenges to the sector and its workforce – and the ongoing stability in our social services sector depends massively on the maintenance of freedom of movement. It is vital that Theresa May commits to this to ensure that we can continue to offer the very best care to vulnerable people across Scotland.”
 
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The Full SSSC report is available here: http://data.sssc.uk.com/images/WDR/WDR2015.pdf

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