Anas Sarwar to launch £1.3billion plans for free residential care for over-65s


The plans will see nearly 10,000 care home residents receive free care at a cost of more than £400million, while closing the funding gap for non-residential social care.

The move is a direct response to SNP plans for a National Care Service, which would see the centralization of care delivery.

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Scottish Labor leader Anas Sarwar has pledged to cover the cost of residential social care for elderly Scots.

Mr Sarwar is expected to tell Labor delegates: ‘I am proud to announce that the Scottish Labor Party will come up with a plan to provide residential care to all people over the age of 65 who need it, free of charge when needed .

“This will be the biggest reform of the care service since the introduction of free personal care. But we don’t have to wait until 2026.

“We can take action now to put us on the right path to making all care in Scotland free at the point of need, providing a health and care system that people can rely on for a lifetime.

“A social care service based on our NHS principles. This is our policy, Labor policy. Building the health and social protection system of tomorrow.

Labour’s plans will cost at least £1.3bn in total, with more than £500m pledged to cover the non-residential social care funding gap identified in the social care review undertaken by Derek Feeley.

An additional £412m a year would need to be found to cover residential care, and an additional £410m to raise social worker wages to £12 an hour, with a commitment to work to increase this amount at £15 an hour.

This, the state party, would be paid for by Barnett’s health and social care resulting from British government spending.

Around £1.783 billion of consequences are expected to be received by the Scottish Government in 2022/23, with a further half a billion in 2023/24 and another half a billion in 2024/25.

It is this additional funding that would be used to cover the costs of providing free residential care.

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