Media release: Charity chief welcomes social care elements to pandemic report


THE chief executive of a leading Scottish charity has welcomed a report which has identified how people in need of social care support were said to have been ‘abandoned’ during the early stages of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Colin Millar, who heads the Scottish Personal Assistant Employers Network (SPAEN), has noted the “stark, brutal reality experienced by people across Scotland” in today’s release from the Scottish Human Rights Commission on the impact of COVID-19 on social care support.

He said: “Anyone reading this report, and many of the case examples that it has uncovered, should be distressed at how our fellow citizens were ‘abandoned’ during this pandemic. These are real people, each case covered in this report is a person, an individual, somebody’s loved one. And this is only a snapshot; there will be many more individual experiences that haven’t been captured but are equally harrowing and alarming.

“I would repeat my call to anyone and everyone using social care – to review and consider whether moving to a Direct Payment or Individual Service Fund (ISF) held independently of the social care provider or local authority council would provide sufficient protection should the pandemic flare up again.”

The Scottish Human Rights Commission report can be found, here.

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