Welsh call for wider view of disability

    Disability and older people’s groups are lobbying the Welsh
    assembly to create a broader definition of disability that would
    make more people eligible for free personal care when it is
    introduced.

    Both Disability Wales and Age Concern Cymru want all people
    assessed as needing home care to be classed as disabled and so
    receive it free. This would do away with the current means-testing
    system that allows councils to set contribution rates. It is
    estimated this would cost £18m to fund.

    The assembly has committed itself to introducing free home care
    for disabled people in 2007, but has not yet decided on a
    definition.

    Chair of the assembly’s health committee David Melding said he
    believed the definition should be restricted to that currently used
    for determining disability allowance.

    A working group made up of charities and local government has
    recommended adopting a broader definition. A consultation paper is
    due soon.

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