personal care

Free personal care introduced for under 65s (Frank’s Law)

Personal care for under 65s is no longer being charged for.

The Community Care (Personal Care and Nursing Care) (Scotland) Amendment (No. 2) Regulations 2018 came into effect on April 1.

Known as ‘Frank’s Law’, it follows a campaign led by footballer Frank Kopel’s widow Amanda, who pushed for a change in care provision since her husband, a former Dundee United player, was diagnosed with and later died from early onset dementia.

Since its introduction, people can no longer be charged for personal care services they are assessed as requiring. Personal care includes daily tasks such as bathing, showering, dressing and toileting.

Some social care services may still be chargeable as It doesn’t include help with housework, laundry, shopping and services outside the home, such as a day care centre.

At least 9000 families in Scotland were expected to benefit from the introduction of free personal care for everyone who requires it, regardless of age.

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Councillor Stephen Thompson, chairman of the Social Work Services committee, said: “The change to the Community Care Act 2002, also known as ‘Frank’s Law’, means that anyone who is assessed by Dumfries and Galloway Council as requiring personal care will receive it free of charge, regardless of age, condition, capital or income.

“While we welcome this change in national policy, our voice at CoSLA is always to seek the proper resources needed to ensure that we’re equipped to deliver for our citizens. Dumfries and Galloway has now received an allocation of £780,000 from the £30m made available nationally by the Scottish Government so that those entitled to free personal care living in our region can receive it.”

Councillor David McKie, vice-chairman, added: “It’s a priority of our Council to protect our most vulnerable people. The implementation of ‘Frank’s Law’ will enable us to deliver support and be of significant relief to people who have been struggling to care for loved ones.”

Dumfries and Galloway Health and Social Care Partnership’s General Manager, Graham Abrines, said: “This new piece of legislation ensures equity of entitlement to all members of the community who require free personal care and this will be of significant benefit to those who are currently under 65, many of whom are receiving significant support from their loved ones and family members.”

Picture: Former Health Secretary Shona Robison visited Mrs Kopel last year when Frank’s Law was agreed. (copyright Scottish Government)