MSPs to debate bill on opening men-only care home to women

A care home for men with drink-related mental health problems is to expand its services to women for the first time in its 150-year history – through a bill introduced to the Scottish Parliament.

The William Simpson’s Home, near Falkirk, was established for older men with strong army or navy links.

But now the home wants to open its doors to women and the under-40s because of increasing demand for its services.

Its expansion plans are being debated by MSPs because the home was set up under an Act of Parliament in 1864 and any changes require legislation.

Local landowner Francis Simpson gifted his estate to trustees in 1829 to set up an asylum in memory of his son, William, who was lost at sea.

William had served in the Royal Navy in the early 1800s and became aware of the needs of ex-serviceman who returned from conflict, yet had no home.

The home also wants to build a new residential centre.

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