A plan for social care will be delivered “this year”, care minister Caroline Dinenage has told Parliament.
However, in a question time, she refused to be pressed on whether the plan for social care would include free personal care funded through taxation.
She told Parliament: “We are looking at a whole range of solutions, including free personal care. The issue we see in Scotland is that the initiative must be backed up with a huge amount of money. The money that the Scottish Government used to give to individuals covered around 50 per cent of their care home costs and now only covers around 25 per cent. That is why we must ensure that we address this issue with a long-term view… a consensus so that everybody will have safety and security and that nobody will be forced to sell their home to pay for their care.”