Disabled people should be free of care charges

Siobhan McMahon launches her consultation on the abolition of non-residential social care charges.
Siobhan McMahon launches her consultation on the abolition of non-residential social care charges.

Central Scotland list MSP Siobhan McMahon has hit out at rising care charges facing disabled people.

She has launched a consultation at the Scottish Parliament on the abolition of non-residential social care charges.

Ms McMahon says many disabled people are being driven into poverty due to the increasing amount they must pay as a contribution towards their social care.

She believes it should be free and says the current system is unfair because charging differs considerably between local authorities.

Ms McMahon’s consultation runs until January 30. It has backing from many organisations including Scotland Against the Care Tax, Learning Disability Alliance Scotland and Quarriers who were all represented at the launch.

Ms McMahon said: “I hope to encourage debate on the system of social care charging and find out the public’s views.

“Social care provides the essential practical assistance and support needed to participate in society and lead an ordinary life.”

Ian Hood, coordinator at Learning Disability Alliance Scotland, said: “I would urge as many people as possible across Scotland to respond to Siobhan McMahon’s consultation.

“Social care is essential to many disabled people to help them take part in the lives of the communities they were born and grew up in.

“It’s also essential for those facing the end of their lives who want to spend their time with dignity and respect in their own communities.”