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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-12121: Alex Cole-Hamilton (Edinburgh Western)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 23 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to address the reported rising cost of accommodated care in older age.

Answered by: Shona Robison 1 November 2017

The Scottish Government has ensured that by legislating to require local authorities to offer deferred payment agreements, no-one should have to sell their home during their lifetime to fund the cost of their residential care.

The Scottish Government introduced free personal and nursing care for people aged 65 and over in July 2002. The Local Authority pays for these elements of the residential care for all those assessed as needing them. The current rates are
£171 per week for personal care and this rises to £249 per week if nursing care is also required. The Scottish Government reviews these payment rates on an annual basis.

You may also be aware we have committed to the extension of Free Personal Care to all under 65s who require it regardless of condition, Scottish Ministers have committed that this extension will be in place by 1 April 2019. This will benefit younger people in residential care.

In the current financial year almost half a billion pounds of NHS spending will be invested in social care services, underlining the importance we attach to improving services, and ensuring that people are able to receive care in their own homes or in a homely setting.