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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-01266
Asked by: Collette Stevenson, East Kilbride, Scottish National Party
Date lodged: 7 July 2021

Question

To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to uprate funding for free personal and nursing care, including for self-funding care home residents with dementia.

Current status: Answered by Kevin Stewart on 27 July 2021


Answer

A contribution is made by the Scottish Government towards the cost of free personal and nursing care for self funding care home residents.

Each year this usually rises in line with inflation.

However, emerging evidence suggested that the cost of providing care has increased significantly. To help redress this for 2021-22 an above inflation 7.5% increase was applied to the weekly payment rates.

As such, the weekly payment rates for personal care for self-funders, including those with dementia, rose from £180 in 2020-21 to £193.50 in 2021-22 and the nursing care component rose from £81 to £87.10.