A Scottish Executive decision means English residents in English nursing homes will pay for personal care while Scots in the same premises will receive the same care for free. The Executive confirmed it will issue free personal care for the elderly in Scottish residential homes. And it will pay for the care of anyone who moves to a home in England to be closer to their families, but English residents in the same houses must still pay for their own care. Ministers have pledged £200m to fund the initiative, which begins in April.
Britannic Assurance product manager of care products Peter Barnett said it would lead to administrative chaos. He said: “I don’t see how it will work. How can you track people around the country when people start moving around to get their free care?”
Norwich Union head of retirement and protection propositions Willie Mowatt said clarity is a key issue. He said: “We still need to understand the details of personal care and what defines the scope of it. It could mean care will be paid for but individuals would pay for their board and lodgings. It may mean free care around the home.”