Care home row erupts again in war of words

The Convention of Scottish Local Authorities has hit out at the
tactics of Scottish Care, the umbrella group representing private
care home owners. Cosla has accused Scottish Care of jumping to
extreme tactics of threatening to evict residents, and banning new
admissions in spite of having only one meeting so far aimed at
resolving the dispute.

Norman Murray, Cosla president, said: “Scottish Care’s
short term tactics are fairly transparent, but we are thinking
about what is right in the medium to long term.” Cosla has pledged
to take the case of private homeowners who are asking or £50
per week more per resident, directly to the Scottish executive.

Murray’s comments came only days after a meeting between
Scottish Care and Glasgow Council, which resigned from Cosla
earlier in the year. Both Scottish Care and Glasgow Council
reported that their meeting was “positive” and “hopeful”.

Cosla also rejected Scottish Care’s comments to the media
that they been offered only £4 to £6 per week extra. The
convention stated that they had only offered to “discuss with
councils some movement on the rate subject to funding being


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