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Extension of free personal care to the under 65's

email: adultsocialcare@gov.scot

Adult Social Care Policy Team,
Scottish Government,
St Andrew’s House,
Regent Road,

Extension of free personal care to the under 65's

Feasibility study into the extension of free personal care to the under 65's

Purpose of Feasibility Study

The Scottish Government Programme for Government (published September 2016) made a commitment to produce a feasibility study into extending free personal and nursing care to the under 65’s with dementia.

Following the Members’ Debate on December 6, 2016, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport noted that everyone with life-changing conditions should receive the care and support that they need.  The feasibility study will therefore take a wider look at the general issue of charging for personal care for people under 65.

The aims and objectives are to provide robust and credible estimates of the cost to extend free personal care to under 65’s in Scotland and assess the potential implications of this policy.


The study will consider:

  • Costs of extending Free Personal Care to all under 65’s;
  • Analysis of additional demand for Free Personal Care;
  • Interaction with wider policy environment;
  • Regulation and financial benefits and constraints;
  • Administration costs of charging for social care;
  • Charging income data – we will seek to clarify and enhance data provided by LAs through the Local Financial Return;
  • Implications on social care availability, including workforce and eligibility restrictions, if extending free personal care to under 65’s.

Stages of work on Feasibility Study

  • Project planning, scoping
  • Analytical work
  • Liaison with local authority partners to establish financial data
  • Data collection from local authorities
  • Discussions with stakeholders
  • Legal advice
  • Writing of draft report
  • Consideration by Ministers
  • Publication of feasibility study


We aim to complete the Feasibility Study in Summer 2017

Input into the Feasibility Study

We are also inviting any interested members of the public to send us their thoughts by email or post, which will be carefully considered.

Contributions can be sent by email to adultsocialcare@gov.scot or by post to:
Adult Social Care Policy Team
Scottish Government
St Andrew’s House
Regent Road

Closing date for contributions is Midnight on Sunday 16 July 2017.

Late submissions may not form part of the final report however, will still be considered.