South Scotland MSP, Joan McAlpine, has welcomed news that Frank’s Law – free personal care for those under 65 for those who require it – is to be introduced on Monday. Until now free personal care packages have only been available to those aged over 65. But from the 1st of April it will be expanded so that anyone who requires it can receive it, whatever their age.
‘Frank’s Law’ is named after the former Dundee United footballer Frank Kopel. Frank was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 59 and sadly died six years later in 2014, just 19 days after becoming eligible for free care.
The expansion means that anyone who is assessed by their local authority as requiring personal care will receive it free of charge, regardless of their age, condition, capital or income.
Commenting, Ms McAlpine says,
“I’m delighted with the announcement that Frank’s Law will finally be delivered. Currently people under 65 who have degenerative conditions like dementia and Parkinson’s have to pay for personal care if they need help with dressing, getting in and out of bed, mobility or support at mealtimes.
“Now the Scottish Government has made £30 million available to local authorities to ensure that they’ll receive that care for free. This means thousands of people across Scotland receive the support that they are entitled to without being impacted financially.
“Care packages will be available through local authorities. Anyone in Dumfries and Galloway who thinks they may be eligible for support should contact the Council on 030 33 33 3001”