Scottish Government Discrimination against women on mimimum wage

Scottish Government discriminates against women aged over 25 earning the minimum wage who working as home helps and care staff in adult homes. SSSC, Local authorities and Skills Development Scotland all know about it. They make Sports Direct look good!


Tax allowances 

If you are required by law to have a qualification and if you pay all or part of it, you are able to claim tax relief from HMRC which would be included as part of your tax code. the HMRC website is typically vague on allowable expenses ( The overriding principle is that the expense must be "wholly, exclusively and necessarily incurred" in carrying out your job. Since all working in health and social  require to have a qualification to carry out your job, you are entitled to claim tax relief, seEMTA Guidance, which is aimed at doctors but applies equally to care staff, we have drafted a template letter to help you make your claim.



The Guiding Principles of the Scottish Care Leavers Covenant and

the Moving on Programme and award



Like the Covenant the Moving on…in Programme focuses on readiness to leave care beyond a tick list of practical tasks and achievements to recognise the very complex web of relational and social and emotional resilience required to make the step into independent living. “Moving on ….In!” focuses on exploring this web.

Care proofing is a big aim.  In making one of the key target groups for the Tenancy and Citizenship award young people leaving care SQA recognised the need for such a qualification to support the progression of vulnerable young people to independent living. It is one tool. But a tool that local authorities and corporate parents would do well to endorse as evidence to support an application of a young person to Move on to independent living. The programme has young people’s rights, choices and community participation at the heart with a drive to support young people to develop the skills and confidence to not only comfortably exist in society but flourish, challenge and question and ultimately impact change.

An assumption of entitlement chimes with the ethics of both partners. But maybe an assumption of entitlement is not quite good enough.  Making the assumption work relies on it being matched by a service which actually prepares young people to take advantage of that assumption. The Moving on.. in programme is one step on the way to turning assumptions into reality, through educating young people of their entitlements and supports available to them, to develop the confidence and skills to self-advocate and hold their corporate parents to their word!

Allowing young people to remain in care until 21 is just so sensible. The average age of leaving home in this country is 24 but for decades now we have expected the most vulnerable young people to manage living independently at 16/17. Nuts!!!! Bad parenting, not .......corporate parenting. The Moving On.....In programme gives young people lots of information and experience. It allows them the opportunity to “evidence their competence” in independent living. In the process of doing so it is expected that young people will have the opportunity to reflect and when they know just how complicated independent living is they might ..... actually decide to Stay Put.

The covenant states relationships are “the golden thread.” Absolutely. Relationships have long been recognised the world over as being the key to educational achievement. Unfortunately many young people in care experience very poor relationships at school. This is why our focus has been on the role of the keyworker as the person “learning alongside” the young person, guiding and encouraging. This shared approach to “learning as you go” builds relationships that acknowledge vulnerability and provides and environment where the mentor shares their own experiences of moving towards independence. Many keyworkers are more than capable of transferring the learning from their own learning and qualifications, and this programme is designed to enable them to do so.

The Programme acknowledges with young people what it means to be a ‘citizen of my community’ through not only their responsibilities, but their rights and how to exercise their rights and participate in making change. Through our health and wellbeing materials mentors will support young people to explore, wellbeing what it means and how this is effected by multiple factors, within adult life…including relationships, employment, isolation and their own histories. We aim to help young people to ‘join up the dots’ to make sense of the world around them, through learning in partnership with their mentor.

Oilean (Training and Nurture) Ltd