An SNP-run council has scrapped funding for Frank’s Law – just three months after legislation for the campaign was approved.
It has been reported that South Ayrshire Council won’t pay for the policy, which provides care for under 65s with conditions like dementia.
The SNP government only approved the law after years of campaigning by the Scottish Conservatives, alongside Amanda Kopel – the wife of former footballer Frank Kopel – who died from dementia in 2014 having not received any free care.
The South Ayrshire Joint Integration Board – which is in health secretary Jeane Freeman’s home patch – had set aside £315,000 to pay for the initiative this year, but has now decided to rescind that.
It is unclear if or how under 65s in the area who qualify will now be helped, although the cash-strapped council said “existing resources” could be called upon.
Ms Kopel said she was “disgusted, appalled and sickened” by the decision and questioned why the SNP had previously announced it “in a blaze of glory”.
Scottish Conservative shadow health secretary Miles Briggs said:
“The ink is barely dry on Frank’s Law legislation and already SNP-led councils are backing out.
“The nationalists were never committed to this. It took them years to agree to the plans, and even then they dithered when introducing it.
“Now their own councils are refusing to fund it.
“It’s a disgraceful way to treat some of Scotland’s most vulnerable people.
“SNP cuts to local councils and the financial mismanagement of the Scottish NHS is forcing IJB’s across Scotland to take these sort of regressive decisions.”
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