Our Comment for Feasibility Study Into the Extension of Free Personal Care
Scotland Against the Care Tax is a nationwide campaign to eradicate the injustice and institutionalised extortion of community care charging.
We believe this insidious ‘Care Tax’ is a burden placed on disabled people where they have to pay for the social care support they require to exercise their duties and responsibilities as full and equal members of society.
Having already paid local and national taxes for the upkeep of public services, this double-taxation drives many into poverty and denies them their human rights.
The answers to the survey questionnaire below, indicate the lack of exactitudes, within the present law and practice; highlighting that community care charging should be completely abolished. However, and only as a stopgap, we acknowledge this interim measure of equating the age differential, for free personal care, will serve to overcome one of the system’s many inequities and exploitative subjugations.
You can read our comments to the Scottish Government on this proposal by clicking below
Changes to Charges for 2017
SACT have carried out an FOI request around Scottish Councils to look at what has changed in Care Charging for 2017. Not all councils replied but we were able to locate other sources of this information. If you want a copy of the information we hold please send us an email.
- 31/32 have raised the income threshold to benefits plus 25%
- A number have used the Financial Assessment Template to penalise adults under 65 with a small amount of savings.
- A number have increased the taper over the last few years – 2 have reduced the taper.
What is the Care Tax - a new guide
Scotland Against the Care Tax is pleased to announce that it has produced a new guide to the Care Tax. The Care Tax is a burden placed on disabled people where they have to pay additional costs for social care services, halving already paid local and income taxes for the upkeep of public services. This double burden of taxes drives many disabled people into poverty and denies disabled people their human rights.
This new guide uses a comic & cartoon style to explain how charges work, how the system varies across Scotland and how disabled people's rights are affected. We also show what can be done.
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