The campaign group Scotland Against the Care Tax has launched a public petition calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to abolish all local authority charges for non-residential care services for older and disabled people. More details about the petition can be found on the Scottish Parliament website.
CCPS supports the general principles, and also highlights the specific problem for providers. Local authority commissioners are increasingly reducing budgets commensurate with the total amount of service user charges. Providers are being asked to collect the shortfall directly from the supported person, which is problematic for at least two reasons: firstly it’s hugely bureaucratic and leads to costs for providers, which are not met by the commissioner; and more fundamentally, it alters the relationship with the supported person quite significantly, because people misunderstand and think that it’s the provider making the charge, rather than the council. CCPS has challenged councils on this but the practice seems to be growing.