Unite Scotland has today (25 August) welcomed the move by the Edinburgh Joint Integration Board (EIJB) to allocate £6m funding for adult social care workers and personal assistants who work in the third and independent sectors. 

The funding uplift was agreed yesterday (24 August) at an EIJB meeting following extensive lobbying by Unite voluntary sector representatives in Edinburgh to ensure that adequate funding was allocated to deliver the 3.3% national uplift for adult social care contracts for the Living Wage commitment announced by the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Jeanne Freeman MSP on 12 April. Unite also lobbied the Scottish Government to support the EIJB’s case for more funding and highlighted Edinburgh’s lack of resources to deliver on Scottish Government promises.  


The agreement reached between the Scottish Government and the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities (COSLA) will ensure the pay rise is backdated to 1 April. It will now mean hundreds of social care support workers in Edinburgh who have been waiting for months to receive the uplift will now be awarded the real Living Wage of £9.30 per hour including sleep-overs and hours worked by personal assistants. 


Mary Alexander, Unite Scottish Deputy Secretary, said: “The agreement to apply the uplift is a victory for Unite’s Social Care campaign in Edinburgh. The decision to allocate £6m will now ensure all adult social care workers commissioned by the local authority to provide adult social care whether in care homes, care at home or community-based services will not be working for less than the Living Wage of £9.30 for all hours worked including sleepovers.  It also rightly recognises the critical role social care workers have played in looking after vulnerable adults in Edinburgh.  Unite will continue to campaign for a national care service and Fair Work across the whole sector.”