Free Personal Care Implementation Advisory Group


The Implementation Advisory Group (IAG) for the extension of free personal care was set up in January 2018.

Its purpose is to provide advice to assist us, COSLA, local authorities and service providers in extending free personal care to all those aged under 65 who are assessed by their local authorities as needing this service, regardless of their age, condition, and means.

Advice from IAG members is intended to ensure that implementation takes into account the impact on local authority systems, providers and related policy areas, and is undertaken in a way that is sensitive to the needs of service users. 

The IAG will meet monthly until summer 2018 and afterwards every two months.

Sub Groups

In 2018, a short-life Finance Sub Group of the IAG held its three meetings.


  • David Fotheringham, Scottish Government
  • Mike Liddle, Scottish Government
  • Susan Brodie, Scottish Government
  • Guy McGivern, Scottish Government
  • Jane Johnstone, Scottish Government
  • Jonathan Sharma, COSLA
  • Garrick Smyth, COSLA
  • Sharon Wearing, Glasgow City Council
  • Morag Johnston, Glasgow City Council
  • Fiona Hart, East Ayrshire Council
  • George Bowie, Angus Council
  • Patrick Welsh, West Lothian Council
  • Chris Creegan, Scottish Commission for Learning Disabilities (SCLD)
  • Annie Gunner, Logan Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS)
  • Yvette Burgess, Coalition of Care and Support Providers in Scotland (CCPS)
  • Julie Slavin, Glasgow H&SCP
  • Jennifer McCourt, Glasgow H&SCP
  • Karen Hedge, Scottish Care
  • Dennis McLafferty, North Lanarkshire H&SCP
  • Diane Fraser, Perth and Kinross H&SCP
  • Deirdre Henderson, Inclusion Scotland




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