18 months on Scottish Councils still ignore Government policy on Care Charges
In January 2016 the SNP Government was proud to announce it was investing an additional £6 million funds in making Social Care Charges fairer. As part of the budget settlement with local councils, the Scottish Government included the money to increase income thresholds so disabled people would have to pay less for social care charges. And each council’s share of this was to be about £187,500 per year. Each disabled person affected could have been expected to be about £10 a week better off. This was to be a step to meeting the demands of campaigners such as the Frank’s Law campaign who argue that making people under 65 pay care charges is unfair.
The main aim of this was to see Income Disregards increased for disabled people by changing the way they are calculated. However 18 months on and Clackmannanshire Council is still using the old system. This can cost over £500 per year to the worst affected. It seems that Clackmannanshire has taken the money and run to the detriment of local disabled people.
Why is the Scottish Government still relying on local councils to do the decent thing? They should use the powers that they already have under the The Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002 and end Care Charges once and for all.
Our Comment for Feasibility Study Into the Extension of Free Personal Care
Scotland Against the Care Tax is a nationwide campaign to eradicate the injustice and institutionalised extortion of community care charging.
We believe this insidious ‘Care Tax’ is a burden placed on disabled people where they have to pay for the social care support they require to exercise their duties and responsibilities as full and equal members of society.
Having already paid local and national taxes for the upkeep of public services, this double-taxation drives many into poverty and denies them their human rights.
The answers to the survey questionnaire below, indicate the lack of exactitudes, within the present law and practice; highlighting that community care charging should be completely abolished. However, and only as a stopgap, we acknowledge this interim measure of equating the age differential, for free personal care, will serve to overcome one of the system’s many inequities and exploitative subjugations.
You can read our comments to the Scottish Government on this proposal by clicking below
Changes to Charges for 2017
SACT have carried out an FOI request around Scottish Councils to look at what has changed in Care Charging for 2017. Not all councils replied but we were able to locate other sources of this information. If you want a copy of the information we hold please send us an email.
- 31/32 have raised the income threshold to benefits plus 25%
- A number have used the Financial Assessment Template to penalise adults under 65 with a small amount of savings.
- A number have increased the taper over the last few years – 2 have reduced the taper.
What is the Care Tax - a new guide
Scotland Against the Care Tax is pleased to announce that it has produced a new guide to the Care Tax. The Care Tax is a burden placed on disabled people where they have to pay additional costs for social care services, halving already paid local and income taxes for the upkeep of public services. This double burden of taxes drives many disabled people into poverty and denies disabled people their human rights.
This new guide uses a comic & cartoon style to explain how charges work, how the system varies across Scotland and how disabled people's rights are affected. We also show what can be done.
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