Nicola Sturgeon has pledged to scrap domiciliary care charges for all people living in Scotland.
Speaking at the SNP conference this week, the First Minister promised to deliver the policy if she is re-elected in 2021.
Free personal care was introduced for over 65s in Scotland more than 17 years ago, and in April this year legislation was extended to include younger people with degenerative conditions.
But fees remain for a raft of services provided in people’s own houses.
Sturgeon said in her keynote speech: “I know from my own constituency experience that charges can be a barrier to people accessing the support they need.
“And if they can’t get that support in their own homes, they are more likely to end up in hospital. So today, I make this pledge.
“If I am re-elected as First Minister at the Holyrood elections, then over the next parliament, the SNP will scrap non-residential social care charges for all.”
Free personal care is yet to be introduced in England, but the Labour party has promised to deliver this for over 65s if it comes into power at the next election.
The policy is part of Labour’s £6bn plans for a National Care Service and is set to more than double the number of people receiving state-funded care.
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