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Frank's Law to be implemented by April 2019

9,000 families will be affected when the Scottish Government introduces free personal care for those who require it, regardless of age.

The announcement was made by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon as part of the Programme for Government on Tuesday, September 5.

This has become known as Frank’s Law after a campaign led by Amanda Kopel. Mrs Kopel has campaigned for the change in care provision since her husband, the former Dundee United player Frank Kopel, was diagnosed with and later died from early onset dementia.

Responding to a Scottish Government feasibility study, the ALLIANCE recently noted that introducing free personal care would ensure that there is greater equity across social care and health provision with regards to charging.

After meeting Mrs Kopel, Cabinet Secretary Shona Robison MSP said: "This change will help thousands of families across Scotland and Mrs Kopel has played a crucial role in bringing issues around personal care for under 65s to light and in ensuring they have remained prominent in the public’s mind.  We will now take forward the work of extending free personal care to everyone who requires it, regardless of age. At least 9000 people will benefit from this change and we will work closely with local government and others to implement these changes so that all those who require personal care are able to access it.”

Scottish Government: Frank's Law >

ALLIANCE response: Consultation on the feasibility study into extension of free personal care

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