Fly-on-the-Wall Posted March 29, 2015 Report Share Posted March 29, 2015 I've just downloaded the Financial Accounts and you're right Meggie, it does indeed make interesting reading. 'Cope currently employs 45 people (30 full-time equivalent), 8 of whom have disabilities. In addition we provide participant skill development placements for up to 31 people who assist with the enterprise activities as well as gaining important work skills for themselves' 'This in turn has resulted in a reduction of the number of participant placements on offer resulting in a reduction to 126 placements per week from our previous level of 150+' In the Financial Accounts they have 31 people doing 126 placements/sessions Let me get this right - 30 full-time equivalent staff of which 8 have disabilities (at least these guys are getting paid properly for all the hard work they do), this leaves 22 fte staff to provide the skill development placements for up to 31 people. So does COPE class a session as 1 day and the people only attend 4 days a week - 4 sessions/(days) a week x 31 people = 124 sessions. The participant wages bill is only £8468 equating to £162 per week for 31 people this means they only get about £5 a week for all the work they provide COPE. Coincidently, the Enterprise Ready Fund statement said they provided 163 sessions, when and where were these additional 37 sessions conjured up. Looks suspiciously like COPE Catering is not the only ones doing the cooking. I'm beginning to feel these vulnerable people are being exploited by COPE rather than being trained or getting the skilled development to 'move onto secure employment within the other local businesses within the islands' which COPE says it does. Although when you visit the Shetland Home Company some of the placements are just wandering around looking lost and needing something to do, so perhaps COPE are selective with the people that actually get the training. COPE received nearly half a million from Shetland Development Trust (£200,000), Shetland Charitable Trust (£154967) and Shetland Islands Council (£142600) in their accounts to March 2014 to provide these sessions. These placements are helping to run their many businesses and are surely contributing to the turnover received by the company. COPE needs to become more transparent so we see we are getting value for the £500,000. I also note that COPE receive no funding from Orkney Islands Council, is Shetland subsidising the Orkney Soap Shop placements too?I assume Orkney have placements as they are part of COPE Ltd and their business should function in same way as all the Shetland ones. bon scott 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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