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Frank's Law must be part of Sturgeon's autumn relaunch

The introduction of Frank’s Law must be a key part of the SNP’s supposed “radical relaunch” ahead of the new Holyrood term.

Nationalists claimed earlier in the summer that they were ready to ditch their agitation on independence and start focusing on running the country.

Now shadow health secretary Miles Briggs has written to Nicola Sturgeon demanding she introduces legislation to ensure those with conditions like dementia, but happen to be under the age of 65, are given equal access to free personal care.

A majority of MSPs in the Scottish Parliament support the campaign, and Miles already has a member’s bill on the subject.

In his letter, he said if the SNP was serious about creating a fairer society in Scotland, the enacting of Frank’s Law should be a priority.

Scottish Parliament business resumes on September 5, with ministers under pressure to make more use of the powers available to them after a year of inactivity.

Frank’s Law is named after former footballer Frank Kopel, who was diagnosed with dementia at the age of 59 and passed away in 2014.

Scottish Conservative shadow health secretary Miles Briggs said:

“Nicola Sturgeon always claims she wants to create a fairer society in Scotland.

“There would be no better way of demonstrating that than ending the unfair age discrimination currently faced by those with conditions like dementia, but happen to be under 65.

“The SNP has briefed the media about a radical relaunch, amid accusations of neglecting the day job for the past decade.

“If that’s to happen, the introduction of Frank’s Law should be one of the top priorities.

“There is a majority of MSPs at Holyrood in favour of this, and it’s time the First Minister recognised this.

“If the Scottish Government doesn’t move on this urgently, my member’s bill will carry on and seek to put an end to the current inequality that exists.”

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Notes to editors:

The SNP said it was set for a radical relaunch this summer:
http://www.scottishconservatives.com/2017/07/snps-radical-relaunch-doesnt-include-a-single-new-policy-2/

Shadow health secretary Miles Briggs has launched a member’s bill to introduce Frank’s Law:
http://www.scottishconservatives.com/2017/07/campaign-goes-live-on-franks-law/

For more information on the campaign, visit:
http://frankslaw.org/

Below is the text of the letter from Miles Briggs to First Minister Nicola Sturgeon:

Dear First Minister,

I am aware from media reports that you are planning a relaunch of your government ahead of the new Holyrood term.


I am writing to you to urge you as part of that relaunch to commit your government to introducing Frank’s Law.


You and your Ministers always claim that creating a fairer and more equal society in Scotland is a top priority. I and Frank’s Law campaigners believe there would be no better way of demonstrating this than by ending the unfair age discrimination currently faced by those with conditions like dementia who are under 65 and need personal care.


Frank’s law would make a hugely positive difference to many Scottish families currently struggling to pay the personal care costs of a loved one with a life limiting condition who is aged under 65.


There is a clear majority in the Scottish Parliament in favour of Frank’s Law and a personal commitment from you that your government will implement this policy would be widely welcomed on all sides and would be a very clear indication of your desire to improve public services for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.


I look forward to receiving an early response from you on this.


Yours sincerely,


Miles Briggs MSP.

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