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”

Care Provision in Edinburgh

We asked Edinburgh City Council eight questions about how care provision in Edinburgh is distributed between the public and private sectors. They answered six of our questions. We will be getting back to them about the two they didn’t answer. We wanted to know about the number of private organisations contracted by CEC to provideContinue reading “Care Provision in Edinburgh”

Save Our Care Homes – Campaign News

The next critical date in the campaign is September 14th when the Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board is holding a special meeting to discuss the closure proposals. We understand that they intend to take a decision on closure at this meeting and then open a period of consultation which will run until the end of theContinue reading “Save Our Care Homes – Campaign News”

Save Our Care Homes – Protest Report

There was a lively Save Our Care Homes protest outside the City Chambers on Tuesday as the Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board met for its August meeting.  There were deputations to the board from Des Loughney and Kathy Jenkins from Edinburgh TUC, and from Unison and Unite the two unions that represent workers in the careContinue reading “Save Our Care Homes – Protest Report”

Save Our Care Homes – Protest

Join the protest rally outside the City Chambers as the Edinburgh Integrated Joint Board meets on Tuesday 17th August. It’s likely that the board will hold a special meeting in September to make the decision to close 5 out of the 9 local authority care homes inn Edinburgh. We want to build a campaign thatContinue reading “Save Our Care Homes – Protest”

Report from the Save Our Care Homes Public Meeting

A big thank you to everyone who advertised the meeting and all those who attended and helped make it a success. In the event 82 people registered for the meeting and 65 attended all or part of it. This report includes video of the speaker contributions, a summary of the information, ideas, useful online linksContinue reading “Report from the Save Our Care Homes Public Meeting”

Contact your councillor, MSP or MP about the Edinburgh care home closures

Here’s a draft letter for sending to Councillors, MSPs and MPs about the proposal to close care homes.  Please write to your local councillor’s, your MSP and your MP.  You can use the text below, but even better to adapt it and include your own thoughts and comments.  You should get a reply and if you do pleaseContinue reading “Contact your councillor, MSP or MP about the Edinburgh care home closures”

Protesting as the EIJB meets to consider care home closures

As the board met at 10am today, we stood in socially distanced solidarity with the residents, the care workers and with the deputations to the EIJB from the Council unions and Edinburgh TUC. Brian Robertson from Unite made his deputation from outside Ferrylea Here is the text of deputations to the board from the EdinburghContinue reading “Protesting as the EIJB meets to consider care home closures”

Save Our Care Homes

A few days ago the Edinburgh Integration Joint Board (EIJB) announced plans to close five publicly run residential care homes: Fords Road, Clovenstone, Jewel House and Ferrylee homes would be shut completely and Drumbrae would have a change the use to medically-led care of the elderly.If these closures go ahead they will have a majorContinue reading “Save Our Care Homes”

Our City: Housing and Homelessness

This is a report of the meeting on Housing and Homelessness in Edinburgh, which we held on 22nd April 2021. In our recent survey of how Edinburgh residents feel about councils services just under a half felt that housing services were poor and a similar proportions were unhappy with support for the homeless. In theContinue reading “Our City: Housing and Homelessness”