South Scotland Labour MSP Colin Smyth has raised concerns over the South Ayrshire Health and Social Care Partnership’s reported decision to remove additional funding for free personal care for under 65’s, commonly known as Frank’s Law.

In letters to both the Chair of the Integration Joint Board and South Ayrshire Council Colin Smyth has asked what steps are being taken to ensure that Frank’s Law is delivered in full for constituents across South Ayrshire.

Frank’s Law was implemented earlier this year following a high profile campaign led by Amanda Kopel. The change in the law was named after her late husband, Frank Kopel, a former Dundee United football player.

Frank’s Law extends free personal care for those suffering with debilitating conditions who are under the age of 65.

Colin Smyth is long standing supporter of extending free care to 65s.

Colin Smyth said, “I have continued to oppose the cuts being imposed on local authorities and social care by the Scottish Government. Local authorities and health and social care partnerships across the country have had to implement cuts to balance their books.

However, the reported removal of additional funding aimed to provide free personal care for people suffering with debilitating conditions under the age of 65 concerns me. I have written to both South Ayrshire Council and the South Ayrshire Integration Joint Board seeking assurances that Frank’s Law will be delivered in full across the region and to understand how they will achieve this.

As a long time supporter of Frank’s law I don’t believe anyone facing what are often debilitating conditions should have to pay for their care. This is a issue about equality.”

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