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Free Personal Care

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament at 12:00 pm on 25th October 2007.

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Photo of Alex Salmond Alex Salmond First Minister of Scotland, Leader, Scottish National Party 12:00 pm, 25th October 2007

There has been widespread misreporting of the case. We will continue to reassure older people and their families that Lord Macphail's ruling reflects the Scottish Government's current guidance and does not impact on their entitlement to free personal and nursing care support. Before the ruling, we had already committed to taking positive action to maintain and strengthen the free personal care policy. Next April, we will uprate payments in line with inflation for the first time for five years; we have commissioned Lord Sutherland to review the funding that is provided to implement the policy; and we are taking forward dialogue with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities to ensure the effective implementation of the existing policy and to address fundamental issues such as charges for food preparation and waiting lists.