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Minister tells Glasgow City


Minister tells Glasgow City Council that the new Self-Directed Support Act is not an excuse for charging disabled people more money. 

Last week (April 2014) the Scottish Government Minister for Public Health Michael Matheson MSP, wrote to Glasgow City Council telling them that the Self-Directed Support Act is not an excuse for charging disabled people more money.  Disability organisations are taking steps to find out more and consider what can be done. 

 

Mr Matheson’s letter said:

 

Michael Matheson, Minister for Public Health said: "The Self-directed Support Act is there to give people more control over their lives by enabling them to design their own care packages if they want.

"It is not there to create a justification for local councils to charge people for services that were previously free. The Act does not create any new obligations on councils to charge people for services, and to claim otherwise is completely wrong.

"That's why I have written to Glasgow City Council to ask them to desist from making similar erroneous claims in the future."

 

Glasgow City Council responded:

 

"We said the effect of the Act meant that we had to introduce charges because we wanted to make sure that all people over 18-years who used social care services were treated in exactly the same way and that there was consistency and fairness across the whole social work system for adults in Glasgow.

"This is because equalities legislation requires us to deal with minority groups fairly and equally."

 

An article in the Evening Times gives more detail: http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/law-isnt-an-excuse-for-charging-oaps-for-care-158565n.23864198