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Disability charity partnership 'will save £10m'

26 Apr 2019 News

Two major Scottish disability charities which have formed a "strategic partnership" estimate that the move will save them £10m.

ENABLE Scotland and Sense Scotland, which have a combined income of £60.9m, have formally partnered as the Piper Group, having announced the plan a year ago. This new entity is sharing resources and overseeing back office functions including the IT, HR, learning and development, digital, finance and payroll departments for both charities.

Theresa Shearer, chief executive of ENABLE is the new group’s chief executive. She said: “By joining together, we are giving both organisations elasticity and stretch to focus on what really matters to disabled people and their families.

"We are committed to delivering the best self-directed support available and releasing money wherever possible to the front line."

Andy Kerr, chief executive of Sense Scotland, will be the group’s chief operating officer.

He added: “Together, ENABLE Scotland and Sense Scotland will extend our reach in local communities.

"This means we will be able to help more people, with the person-centred care they deserve from staff they trust and can rely on."

Cost savings

The partnership took one year to organise and the group estimates it will save £10m across the two charities.

According to their latest annual report and accounts, ENABLE Scotland has an income of £39.3m while Sense Scotland has an income of £21.6m.

A spokesperson from the group confirmed that there will be no compulsory redundancies caused by the partnership, which is based in ENABLE's office in Lanakshire, Scotland.

The group have said that they will welcome applications from other organisations who may wish to join the group, and that they are considering further locations to expand in the future.

The spokesperson added: “This venture is the first of its kind in terms of scale and significance of the social care charity sector.

"We are confident in the model and believe it has the potential to impact more widely on the landscape of social care delivery in Scotland.”

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