The Petitions Committee considered the Stop the Care Tax petition again on Tuesday 8th of December. They were struck by the difference in figures presented by the government which said that the immediate costs of ending care charges was £55 million and the ongoing annual costs was £330 million and those by SACT which said that the ongoing costs were only £20-25 million and only an additional 4-5 million per year caused by extension of charging.
The Committee agreed to write to the Scottish Government and Professor David Bell.
We think this will be very interesting as we don’t think that the Scottish Government’s figures add up and we also think that despite the impression given in other evidence Professor David Bell has nothing to do with these figures.
The Couriers published an interesting article on this today.