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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5O-00364: Joan McAlpine (South Scotland)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 9 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what measures are in place to prevent local authorities from overcharging disabled people for care services.

Answered by: Shona Robison 17 November 2016

Local authorities have the ability to make charges for care services provided, but those charges must not be more than the cost of providing the service. In addition, local authorities are able to waive or reduce charges for social care, according to individual circumstances, taking into account financial hardship.

COSLA's Charging Guidance sets out the framework under which local authorities should charge for social care services.