Announcement expected on free personal care in Scotland

    The Scottish executive is expected to announce today (Thursday)
    that it has found the funding for free personal care as Angus
    MacKay, finance minister, details spending plans for the next
    year.

    If the funding for free personal care is not included in the
    plan, the executive will come under fire from campaigning groups
    for older people and carers, the Convention of Scottish Local
    Authorities and opposition parties for failing to implement its
    commitment to introducing universal free personal care made earlier
    this year. Within the announcement MSPs are also expected to learn
    that more funding will be invested in services to tackle drug
    addiction.

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