There shouldn’t be a care tax on disabled people, says Record View, all adults who need care should be entitled to it for free.
Thousands of disabled people in Scotland need personal care to help with everyday essentials such as eating, washing and going to the toilet. But those who are under 65 have to pay for carers.
The bills can be huge and can vary widely across the country, depending on who provides the care and what is available locally.
Last year, the Audit Commission found that charges for a single hour of home care varied between £8.56 per hour and £23.70 in different areas.
More than 14,000 people in the UK are in arrears with bills for personal and social care.
There’s no justification for the huge variation in charges or indeed for the charges in the first place.
People with disabilities have as much of a right as anyone else to play a full part in society.
The framework and the finance to help them do that have to be put in place. There shouldn’t be a care tax on disabled people.
All adults assessed as having needs that call for the provision of care should be entitled to free personal care. That would be the mark of a civilised, progressive society.