Scottish Executive must take the blame for squeeze on fees

Posted on April 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

In recent weeks reports have emerged which show that some of Scotland1s poorest pensioners are having to bare the brunt of the under-funding by the Scottish Executive in the shortfall for their care fees, which councils should be subsidising. A number of elderly people are using their personal allowance to meet this unacceptable level of under-funding. This is due to an ongoing battle between the Executive and care home operators. It is easy to respond to such reports by pointing the finger of blame directly at care homes but, while any care home operator who is abusing the system fully deserves any blame put its way, anyone with a working knowledge of the situation would conclude that the Scottish Executive must shoulder much of the blame for the under-funded operating environment within which the care home sector is currently struggling to cope. As a care home provider, I firmly believe that in no way can the use of residents1 personal allowance to cover care costs be justified or allowed, and I urge all ca

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