Conference: Our City, Our Future

Another Edinburgh is Possible is holding a conference on Saturday 10th September. Register for the conference by clicking here The day is designed to be participative so that individuals and campaigns can share ideas and strategies and learn from each other. The conference is co-sponsored by Edinburgh Campaign Against Poverty, Zero Covid Scotland, Edinburgh ClimateContinue reading “Conference: Our City, Our Future”

Deputations to the August EIJB

The Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board met on Tuesday 8th August. It seems that the proposed public consultation on closure of publicly run care homes will not begin until December 2022. Members of Edinburgh Trades Union Council (ETUC) submitted deputations on care and we reproduce them here. ETUC would welcome comments from social care workers, carersContinue reading “Deputations to the August EIJB”

Write to your MSP

The Scottish Government has published plans for a National Care Service. The new service would rely on outsourcing to the private sector. We believe there is no room for profit in care. The recent report Profiting From Care shows how private providers siphon off money to investors that could and should be spent on care.Continue reading “Write to your MSP”

Profiting from care

A new report ‘Profiting from Care – why Scotland can’t afford privatised social care’ was launched in Edinburgh today. Here we share a short summary of the report’s findings and provide a link to the PDF version. It’s well worth reading in full. We’d love to publish longer reviews of the report or short reflectionsContinue reading “Profiting from care”

Edinburgh TUC meeting

Edinburgh TUC is convening a Zoom meeting which will be attended by Councillor Ricky Henderson who is chair of the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board (EIJB). The EIJB is responsible for the provision of Social Care in Edinburgh. In 2022 it is going to consult with the public on the future of the four Care HomesContinue reading “Edinburgh TUC meeting”

Outside all four threatened care homes today

Another Edinburgh is Possible Press release – for immediate distribution 16th December 2021 SAVE OUR CARE HOMES Earlier this month campaigners rallied outside Ferrylee, one of the four publicly run care homes that remains under the threat of closure.  Today the campaign raised a banner outside all four homes, Ferrylee, Fords Road, Clovenstone House and Jewel House to sendContinue reading “Outside all four threatened care homes today”

Keeping up the pressure on the EIJB

Drumbrae has been closed. The decision about closure of the other four publicly run residential care homes has been postponed until after the local authority elections in 2022. Had there been no campaign the homes could be already gone. At the last ‘Another Edinburgh is Possible Meeting’ we agreed to keep up the pressure onContinue reading “Keeping up the pressure on the EIJB”

Let’s recognise care as a social good

The campaign for a National Care Service in Scotland: a contribution to a discussion. By HILARY HORROCKS (Edinburgh trades union council delegate). This article was first published on the People and Nature blog. We repost it here with the author’s permission. Health is a devolved matter in the not-so-United Kingdom, and that has allowed successiveContinue reading “Let’s recognise care as a social good”

Outcomes of the EIJB meeting

The Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board, which organises integrated health and social care in the city, met on Tuesday 28th September. The meeting time and date had been changed twice at short notice. You might think that the board was trying to evade protest. In the event there were rallies outside the City Chambers, both inContinue reading “Outcomes of the EIJB meeting”

Edinburgh TUC’s deputations to the EIJB

The Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board met to discuss proposals for care home closures today (28th September). Campaigners made online deputations (statements) to the meeting. There were two statements from the Edinburgh Trade Union Council. The first from Des Loughney: My name is Des Loughney, Secretary of Edinburgh Trade Union Council. My colleague is Kathy JenkinsContinue reading “Edinburgh TUC’s deputations to the EIJB”