Social care is an equality and human rights issue and, therefore, should be free at the point of delivery. But many disabled people pay large amounts for their care and the current system sees charging procedures differ considerably between local authorities.
October saw the launch of a consultation on a private members bill to abolish all social care charges. Siobhan MacMahon MSP wants your views on should there be a new law. You can make your comments on this at siobhanmcmahon.org/endthecaretax and you can also download some Easy Read material from our website to help.
At the same time the Scottish Government might be making plans to change the social care charging system. Cabinet Secretary Shona Robison spoke at a recent Petitions Committee and said
- They had a university professor to look at what it would cost to make charges fairer.
- She agrees in principle that a fairer social care charging system is needed.
- Any reform would be for all service users regardless of disability or condition.
- Whatever they chose to do would depend on November’s spending review.
We think this means that we may see a break through on this matter soon. Please help us keep up the pressure by making this consultation a success.