Scotland defiant on free personal care

    Campaign groups have backed free personal care for older people in
    Scotland, despite new figures that show the cost of funding could
    nearly double by 2020.

    Community care minister Stephen Ladyman predicted the Scottish
    executive would be forced to renege on the policy because it was
    unsustainable after a study by the executive found the cost could
    increase by 81 per cent to £2.5bn within 15 years.

    But Jess Barrow, Age Concern Scotland’s head of policy, said costs
    could be controlled if the government focused on tackling poverty,
    poor housing and preventing ill-health among older people.

    Irene Sweeney, secretary of Unison Scotland, said it would be
    “unacceptable” for free personal care to be withdrawn.

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