Journal Article

Free Personal Care in Scotland: A Narrative Review

Helen Dickinson, Jon Glasby, Julien Forder and Lucinda Beesley

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 37, issue 3, pages 459-474
Published in print April 2007 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online March 2007 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Free Personal Care in Scotland: A Narrative Review

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The advent of free personal care for older people was a defining moment in the development of UK political devolution. After all the controversy surrounding the 1999 Royal Commission on Long Term Care, Scotland’s decision to implement the main recommendations of the Sutherland Committee was a decisive break from Whitehall’s approach and seemed to offer a key opportunity to learn from the implications of this policy for an English context. Against this background, this paper summarizes the origins, nature and impact of free personal care, providing a narrative review of the policy to date.

Keywords: personal care; policy; Scotland

Journal Article.  6278 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Work

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