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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19917: Alison Johnstone (Lothian)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 16 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to improve the working conditions, pay and opportunities of personal assistants in the adult social care sector.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 29 November 2018

We have provided funding to enable staff working in the adult social care sector to be paid the real Living Wage. Since May 2017, at the latest, this has included personal assistants (PAs), who play an integral role in delivering Scotland’s care and support.

We also fund a PA network and a PA employer network to support improvement to PAs' working conditions, pay and opportunities. The PA network has responded to enquiries from 970 personal assistants over the last three years via their website, a telephone help line and face-to-face contact. The network also hosts job opportunities and organises training. The PA employer network (SPAEN) supports PA employers who employed up to 1,600 PAs across Scotland in 2017-18.

In addition the Scottish Social Services Council has developed a wide range of freely available resources for those interested in developing their career in social care, including information on career pathways and qualifications. These resources are available to all personal assistants to help them develop their career in the social care sector.