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Sunday Herald Exclusive – disabled and sick face unpaid work programs

December 2, 2012 by


This week I did my first collaborative project with fellow journalist Peter Geoghegan, and we nailed a great story, getting the front-page lead story and a double page spread in the Sunday Herald – my first article for the paper. It’s about how the Government’s controversial mandatory work program is, from tomorrow, being extended to […]

Edinburgh City Council abandons care and support tender for disabled people

February 1, 2010 by


After months of uncertainty, and a costly review, The City of Edinburgh Council has abandoned plans to put support and care services for disabled and mentally ill people out to tender. An independent report by Deloitte has concluded that whilst the intended process was “appropriate,” it’s implementation was “not as sufficiently meticulous or as thorough as […]

Why the social care tender was flawed – and what happens next.

November 25, 2009 by


Analysis by Tom Allan Last thursday, the SLD-SNP administration that runs Edinburgh city council lost its first ever vote. The issue? Whether or not to use competitive tendering for care services for disabled and mentally ill people in the city. What many thought would be a rubber stamp for new contracts and new private companies […]

Disability groups win the day at Edinburgh City Council.

November 19, 2009 by


Today was meant to be the day that the council ratified controversial reforms to social care services for disabled and mentally ill people. The plans would have saved the council some £5.4 million over the next three years. But they would also have meant enormous upheaval. Most of the city’s existing service providers, including voluntary […]

Crunch time for Edinburgh care and support services.

November 18, 2009 by


Community Comment – by David Woods In the last year the Edinburgh City Council has put out for tender the contracts for the provision of its care and support services. The aim, according to Paul Edie, convenor for health, social care and housing, is to “increase capacity, improve care quality and decrease costs.” In fact, they […]