SNP, Labour, and Green Councillors vote not to Support Foster Carers

As part of the March 12th Stirling Council meeting a review of the Foster Care scheme was voted on, with the administration backing the officer proposals which for example kept the mileage rate that Foster Carers can claim below the 45p rate that Councillors and other Stirling Council employees receive.

Unfortunately the SNP, Labour, and Green councillors decided not to support the Foster Carers, and went for the officer recommendations.

Prior to the meeting we received the following on behalf of Foster Carers.

Myself and the rest of the Conservative group wanted to provide the following for the Foster Carers.

Unfortunately the SNP, Labour, and Green councillors decided not to support the Foster Carers, and went for the officer recommendations, which for example keeps mileage at less than 45p, which means that Foster Carers are treated worse than Councillors and other council employees in this respect.

Should the SNP, Labour, and Green councillors have supported the Foster Carers?

Some background is:

Cllr Earl summarised some of reactions by foster carers to the report that was presented at the Childrens and Young Persons Committee. All agreed that interactions has broken down between Service Officials and foster carers. Cllr Earl highlighted that this was a different issue but clearly related to the budgetary issue.

Cllr Berrill expressed that he was struck by how unfavourably FCWS are treated in comparison to council workers and councillors and cited the mileage rate as an example. Cllr Earl asked if this disparity had been long standing.

It was explained that foster carers used to receive incremental increases in line recommendations from a national fostering organisation, this was usually in line with inflation but this has been frozen for a number years, it is believed this was because of austerity and council staff pay increases were also frozen. When increases began again for council staff, foster carers did not receive any increase in allowances for children or payments to them. Sarah Black highlighted how years of no increase to offset cost of living has been compounded by cuts in allowances (e.g. telephone) and discretionary allowances resulting in a substantial real terms reduction.

Cllr Earl noted that normally items detailed in the report would be decisions made by the Service Officers. He noted it was unusual for such a report to be brought to committee and councillors would not expect to see operational items set out in budget.

Cllr Earl and foster carers discussed the enhanced carers programme and agreed that the criteria for being part of the programme did not appear to be directly related to the needs of the child and the intensity of fostering both in terms of financial and wider support for care. He also confirmed with carers that the programme is not open to carers with more than 1 child. Cllr Earl will seek clarification from service officials as to how they determine which children goes into enhanced care.

Alastair Majury resides locally in the historic Scottish city of Dunblane, and is a Principal Consultant and a Senior Regulatory Business Analyst working across the country. Alastair Majury also serves on the local council (Stirling Council) as Councillor Alastair Majury where he represents the ward of Dunblane and Bridge of Allan, topping the poll.

Alastair Majury, is also a director of Majury Change Management Ltd is a highly experienced Senior Business Analyst / Data Scientist with a proven track record of success planning, developing, implementing and delivering migrations, organisational change, regulatory, legislative, and process improvements for global financial organisations, covering Retail Banking, Investment Banking, Wealth Management, and Life & Pensions.

For several years now, Alastair has worked extensively with a variety of financial institutions in order to offer the utmost comprehensive services. As a data scientist/business analyst, Alastair Majury is expected to find intuitive and sensible solutions to complex problems.

As a data scientist/business analyst, Alastair Majury has worked closely with several high-profile businesses, such as BNP Paribas, National Australia Bank, Standard Life and the Royal Bank of Scotland Group.​A graduate of University of Glasgow, Alastair Majury earned his M.A. in Economics with Business Economics. Since then, Alastair has undergone several training sessions and earned multiple certifications for a variety of skills. More specifically, he has earned certifications in IAQ, risk management, resource management, and a bevy of other areas. ​Alastair Majury thoroughly enjoys his work.

What excites him most about being a data scientist/business analyst is that every problem has a variety of solutions. This allows for a great deal of creativity on his part. Providing ingenious solutions to his customers’ problems provides a great deal of satisfaction to Alastair Majury. Every single day can be a new and challenging problem.​

Although he is a fierce and determined worker, Alastair also manages to find free time to embrace his hobbies and interests. Alastair is a major proponent of philanthropy and charitable endeavors. He constantly finds new and exciting ways to promote charities and philanthropic organizations in his community. He also tries to donate time and funds to said organizations whenever he can. Alastair Majury firmly believes that if we all work together towards a common goal, we can find peace.

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I am a Chartered Member of CISI, which is the UK’s leading securities and investment professional body. Alastair Majury resides locally in Dunblane.

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Alastair Majury

Alastair Majury

I am a Chartered Member of CISI, which is the UK’s leading securities and investment professional body. Alastair Majury resides locally in Dunblane.

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