Free Personal Care for people aged 65 and over in Scotland currently benefits nearly 78,000 older adults, of whom approximately 47,000 receive personal care in their homes, and 31,000 in residential care. The Scottish Government has been working with COSLA and other partners to improve the fairness and consistency of charging for social care and has committed to consider the extension of Free Personal Care to those under 65.
In September 2001 the Scottish Government introduced legislation to provide Free Personal Care for those over the age of 65 who were assessed as needing it, resulting in the parliamentary approval of The Community Care and Health (Scotland) Act 2002.
A number of strong campaigns have led calls for the extension of Free Personal Care to under 65s who need it.
The Scottish Government committed to undertake a feasibility study into the extension of Free Personal Care to people under 65 who need it, and examine the potential relationship with social security provision through this study.