SSSC proceeds with massive fees hike

Unison Scotland received the email below from Anna Fowlie of the Scottish Social Services Council.

This comes as hard news for Local Government workers in the area of Social Care, who have no choice but to pay these fees for the privilege of doing their jobs. It comes in the midst of a protracted period where these workers have seen their pay fall in real terms year on year.

Unison Scotland will make an official response in the near future but Dundee City Unison branch would like to restate that this has shown a lack of good business management on the part of SSSC to get to a situation where they are imposing such massive rises on a trapped "membership", who are forced to pay them or risk losing their jobs. It does beg asking what they took, if anything from the replies to their consultation. 

Dear Colleague

I wanted to let you know personally that our Council met in January and decided to increase the registration fee following our consultation last year. You can read our statement on the increase and the consultation analysis on our website. The level of registration fees is set out in our Registration Rules. Any changes to our Rules need the consent of Scottish Ministers and they have now consented to the new Rules so the new fees will come in from September 2017. 

I know that increasing fees is never going to be a popular option, but I would ask you to bear in mind that our fees have always been considerably less than those of other registered groups and have been at the same level since we first started registering people in 2003.  Across Scotland, we have a shared commitment amongst the SSSC, the Scottish Government, people working in social services, their employers and the public to make sure that the workforce has the right skills, qualifications, values and standards to deliver a high quality service to our most vulnerable citizens.  

The Scottish Government continues to make significant financial investment in the SSSC to support this shared commitment. The increase in fees at this stage is in line with the original policy intention that the registration element of our work will be financed through fees. You can find answers to the most asked questions on the fee increase on our website here.

Your sincerely

Anna Fowlie

Chief Executive
Scottish Social Services Council