The new Scotland Against the Care Tax Care Charge Calculator.  This online tool will help you see what difference the Scottish Government's proposed extension of Free Personal Care will make to you and others.   Enter a few simple details in the calculator to get a personal result or just change the council area to see how things vary around the country.  

The Personal Care Calculator  or click the Our Calculators link on the right of the page.


No one knows how Local Authorities will estimate future personal care needs for people under 65. For new social care users it will be part of the assessment process but for existing social care users there may need to be a new assessment for everyone who gets social care. We can't do that here. So we suggest 3 methods of working out your future social care needs

You can use our "what type of care" calculator where you break down current support into the type of support that is listed in local authorities' current personal care definitions.  There are over 40 different categories of care included (see the table below) so it is comprehensive but we also know it is quite time consuming to complete.  If you want to use this calculator it is the second calculator on "Our Calculator" page - the orange and green one!

There are two quicker alternatives

You could assume that the average level of personal care hours that over 65s get (8.6 hours) will apply to you but that would make no sense for those who got less that 8 hours of support.

You can try different percentages of your support in the future care boxes - so much in the personal care box and so much in the other care box. 50:50 - 60:40 -  70:30. That way is easiest and will let you see the results different breakdowns make very quickly.


What is Personal Care?  
The following definitions used by one Scottish Council provide a model to be used to
 classify the tasks required to meet Service User needs into personal or non personal care.
This is a broader and more general definition than that which is used by many other councils
The Scottish Government has said that they expect the extension of FPC to be on the same basis as Personal Care definitions are currently for the over 65s.   This list is probably the best that can be expected.  It may be more restricted in some areas.  
Personal Care Tasks   
Personal Hygiene  Bathing/Showering
  Continence Management
  Incontinence Laundry
  Bed changing
  Hair washing
  Oral Hygiene
  Nail Care
  Skin Care
Health/Wellbeing  Medication administration – including eye drops
  Medication prompts – including eye drops
  Medication remind devices
  Application of creams or lotions
  Catheter care
  Stoma care
  Simple dressings
  Oxygen therapy
  Going to and getting up from bed
  Dressing and undressing
  Behaviour management
  Psychological support
Meal preparation  Preparation of food
  Fulfilment of special dietary needs
  Prompt/assist with feeding
Mobility  Transfers including use of a hoist
Non Personal Care Tasks  
Meals  Plating and/or serving of meals and drinks
  Housework Domestic laundry/ironing service
  Use of domestic equipment/repairs
Shopping  Domestic shopping/pension service/bill paying
Assistance with daily living  General counselling and support
  Maintain security of home & possessions
  Maintain security of their finances
  Maintain their personal safety
  Engaging with professionals
  Advice on aids & adaptations
  Advice on budgeting & debt, welfare benefits/official
  Managing relationship with neighbours/disputes

If you like the video that Kiana has produced, then we would ask you to write to your MSP to tell them about the Care Tax. You can download a word document here that will serve as a starting point.  Don't forget to put your own address and the name of your MSP in as well.   

Thanks for your help

Responding to the Care Charges Consultation

When responding to a consultation, using your own words and experiences helps to make your contribution stand out.  We have chosen not to produce a single standard response in order to encourage more individual replies. 

But we would like to make it as easy as possible for you to reply to the consultation and have put together some bullet points for you to consider before answering each of the questions.   Feel free to base your responses around these points or as a spark to write your own comments based on your personal experiences and views. 

            Bullets Points for each Consultation Question

 1.       Do you support the principle that non-residential social care services should be available free at the point of delivery to those who have been assessed by a relevant professional as requiring them (as is the case within health care)?


·       Human rights should not be affected by which organisation, NHS or local authority social care, gives you help or support.

·       Having to pay to exercise basic rights like to get out of bed discriminates against disabled people.

·       Care charging is an unnecessary barrier for proper Health and Social Care Integration

·       Any distinction between “health” and “social” care is false. Poor social care will lead to poor health.  Poor health care will make good social care very hard.   The distinction is based on outmoded values and approaches.

·       Some people worry that more people will ask for social care if it is free but already not everyone who asks for help gets it.    Local authorities and health services already have elaborate systems established to ensure that only people who need help get it.  These include assessment systems and eligibility criteria which are likely to stop lots more people getting social care, even if it is free. 

·       Care charging financially disadvantages disabled people and can push them into poverty