Few Will Be Better Off
Although we didn’t ask for it 5 councils provided us with anonymised datasets for clients who received both Personal and Non Personal Care. Their results were very instructive. As below 4 hours of Non Personal Care is the level at which people will be better off under this policy we looked at how many were in this group.
- In one West Coast council only 10 clients (9%) had less than 4 hours of Non Personal Care
- In one Northern council area only 6 clients (13%) had less than 4 hours of Non Personal Care
- In one Central Scotland council 31 clients (17%) had less than 4 hours of Non Personal Care
- In one East of Scotland council 19 clients (19%) had less than 4 hours of Non Personal Care
This indicates about 15% of those receiving both types of care get less than 4 hours Non Personal Care. This group will see their overall CHARGE reduced but are still likely to pay a CHARGE of some level. This group - 3.65% of the total receiving home care of any type – can be added to those who receive only Personal Care to understand how many people will benefit.
Only One Third of Home Care Clients will benefit
As a result we can say that only 33% of disabled people under 65, just under 6,000 will benefit from the Scottish Government’s extension of Free Personal Care. (30% + 3.65%). And, of course, any millionaires who are in the remaining balance of people who get both types of care would also be better off.