Date lodged: 2 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it considers that 13,900 or more people who use social care services have been supported by its proposals to increase their applicable income allowance for care charges, as indicated in the letter from the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport to the Public Petitions Committee of 24 February 2016.
Answered by: Shona Robison 15 November 2016
The Scottish Government provided £6 million to local authorities in 2016-17 to enable them to increase the minimum income allowance threshold from 16.5% to 25%.
The Scottish Government estimated that increasing charging thresholds from 16.5% to 25% would benefit around 13,000 people through reduced charges and take around 900 people out of charging altogether.