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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-09400: Johann Lamont (Glasgow)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 23 May 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what action it can take to ensure that local authorities take account of disability-related expenditure when agreeing social care charges.

Answered by: Shona Robison 7 June 2017

We would encourage Local Authorities to consider all Disability Related Expenditure (DRE) to ensure any care charges don’t cause hardship and undermine people’s right to live independently.

We set out in A Fairer Scotland for Disabled People in 2016 our ambitions to support services that promote independent living, and make sure disabled people can enjoy full participation with an adequate income to participate in learning, in education, in voluntary work or paid employment and retirement. We will wish to consider the treatment of Disability Related Expenditure as we work towards those ambitions.

COSLA's Charging Guidance recommends that local authorities should be proactive in gathering information about additional disability related expenses as part of their financial assessment process. Ideally, questions about disability related expenditure should be included in the financial assessment form. This will enable a local authority to decide whether to disregard more of a person’s income or capital, over and above any existing disregards, to take account of any disability related expenditure.