Pamphlet Launch: People Before Profit: The future of social care in Scotland

SWAN in partnership with the Jimmy Reid Foundation have brought together a collection of contributions to discuss the need for a better and radical shift in social care. This follows from the Scottish Government commission into a developing a National Care Service following the tragedies of the covid-19 pandemic. Although a review was in the pipeline, the consequence of the pandemic has highlighted the desperate needs for a change in welfare within social care. The Feeley Report has elements that should be welcomed however this does not go far enough and does not end the market influence within social care and limitations to independent living.

This pamphlet aims to intervene in the debate of what changes are need to develop support that takes the profit motive out of social care, arguing that we need a nationalised service that puts the voices and experiences of service users at the front in designing a service that promotes collaboration between service users and social work and care workers, and advocates for independent living, challenging the structural barriers that stop it.

But more important than debating, we need to build a campaign that pushes for a democratically controlled care service not a top down bureaucratic operation that we’ve seen before.

You can order your copy from Calton Books and we encourage you to share with your trade unions, colleagues, friends, carers, and organisations to spread the message of nothing for us, without us.

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