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Free care loophole to be closed

9th February 2009

Scotland's Public Health Minister Sheila Robison has said she plans to close the loophole which allows Scottish councils to charge elderly people for food preparation.

Ms Robison said: "The universal nature of the free personal and nursing care policy was always intended to ensure that care is provided on a fair and equitable basis. However, a lack of clarity with the legislation on charging for food preparation led to variations in local practices."

The introduction of the new plans was announced to the Scottish Parliament on 9 February.

 

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