Free personal care for older people is one of the landmark achievements of devolution. Nearly 76,000 people over the age of 65 benefit from free personal care in Scotland.
We are supporting this service by investing more than £700 million in 2019-20 in social care and integration.
Since the SNP has been in Government, it has been possible for more people requiring care to be cared for in their own homes. In 2014, Scotland became the only UK nation to legislate for the integration of Health and Social Care bodies, and there are now 31 Health and Social Care Partnership areas in Scotland, managing more than £8 billion of resources.
Attracting and retaining the right staff is key to delivering quality care. That’s why we are providing funding to enable adult social care workers to be paid the Scottish Living wage – benefitting up to 40,000 care workers. Over the next year this will be extended to sleepover hours.
We will now go further and fully implement Frank’s Law, providing free personal care for those under 65 who are assessed as needing it, from April 2019.