New care company depends on its staff

Care services in the Borders may move to a council owned organisation but councillors insist it is not privatisation.

The status quo is accepted as not being an option and in looking at new ways to provide care services it looks like Scottish Borders Council is favouring an arms length limited liability partnership.

“The provision of quality care is dependent on the quality of the carers,” said Councillor Stuart Bell.

“We have to be confident that staff are feeling committed to this change. It’s only if the business case is understood by staff that we can get their acceptance of the journey.”

Councillor Bell also sought clarity about how the management of the new organisation will monitor their own performance, and what the impact would be on the council of 1000 staff members and £17 million of the budget transferring over to the new organisation.