Dementia care in Scotland is different, it’s free

Don’t expect our MSM to make a comparison on this kind of thing where we seem to do better by our vulnerable and needy:

The Scottish Government has legislated to ensure that adults of any age, no matter their condition, capital or income, who are assessed by their local authority as needing personal care, are entitled to receive this without charge.

A few other differences:

Scotland IS a different place as its universities offer guaranteed places to care leavers

Abuse of women and the disabled far higher in England than in Scotland

Less homicide, less knife crime, less domestic violence, safer cities and now much lower alcohol problems: should Scotland’s old stereotypes be sent south?

Racial hate crimes increase by 33% in England & Wales while falling by 10% in Scotland: Who says we’re not different?

Scottish Muslim students far less likely to report abuse or crime?

Terror de-radicalisation referral rate in Scotland less than one third per capita of that in England

Only in Scotland! ‘A review of small country’s approaches to public policy reform in response to economic, demographic and other pressures found that only in Scotland could this ‘golden thread’ be so clearly discerned’

Scientific evidence that Scots tend to be different from the other groups in rUK?

Who said Scots were not more left-wing than those in the rest of the UK?

With 1 in 4 living wage employers already in Scotland, the Scottish Government aims to make this a ‘Living Wage Nation’

8% of the UK population and 28% of living wage employers. More evidence that we are different enough to want to run the whole show?

80 000 lowest paid workers in NHS England still on poverty wages as NHS Scotland follows Scottish Government policy to pay a living wage to all public-sector employees

Scottish care workers to receive Living Wage for ‘sleepover’ hours while English care workers receive only the National Minimum Wage.

Different Scotland in the UN report on ‘Workhouse Britain’

Scottish values making oil and gas firms a tad different too?

Are Scotland’s employers also different – more willing to pay a decent wage?

With 1 in 4 living wage employers already in Scotland, the Scottish Government aims to make this a ‘Living Wage Nation’

8% of the UK population and 28% of living wage employers. More evidence that we are different enough to want to run the whole show?


5 thoughts on “Dementia care in Scotland is different, it’s free

  1. BBC England–in the form of the Today program see things differently.
    Scottish NHS, education, roads, rail –all BAD to the bone.

    For the BEEB, there is NO “England” when it comes to be scrutinised, but it is part of the “UK” or “Britain”, hence escapes censure.
    We saw it on Covid, and we see it nightly on the news, where all the presenters/commentators are from “England”, but the focus is on the “UK” stats—then they come to “Scotland”–BAD, BAD, BAD!

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  2. One wonders why ANYONE would want to live in the Scotland that is presented by the BBC and the MSM and the Unionist parties .
    In their eyes it is clearly a country/region of never-ending gloom and doom and where its Government has created a Hell-on-Earth and relentless grinding poverty .
    Thank God things are Soooooo much better in England where Scots refugees fleeing the SNP Baaaaadness can find a warm and welcoming haven from a caring , empathy-filled Government .

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  3. A illustrative example of BBC Scotland attitudes:

    Recently on our local electronic noticeboard a family posted their effusive thanks to members of the community who had met their grandfather during the night in the street, clearly lost and looking baffled. He is in the early stages of dementia but could still communicate to an extent. He had got up to go to the toilet and when he came out, he had opened the outside door rather than his bedroom door and gone out. The outside door closed and locked. The confusion somewhat threw him and he wandered off. Fortunately, since he was wearing pyjamas and slippers, a family passing in a car saw him, stopped, wrapped him up for warmth and were informed by another passer-by that the man lived locally. So, eventually they got him home to his family who had been unaware he had gone out.

    BBC Scotland News picked up the story – BBC personnel live in the neighbourhood – and, after contacting the family, published the story. The story was generally presented as a ‘good news’ one, with the family’s thanks quoted.

    However, being the BBC Scotland towards the end there was a little jibe about how such a thing could happen in present day Scotland.

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  4. I’d like to share a recent article published by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS – see below). Reading it triggered the thought that it must be a horrendously difficult ongoing task for a Scottish Government to keep abreast of – and ensure appropriate modelling of – the impact of Westminster’s tax and benefit changes. These changes not only affect the Scottish Government’s budget but also, crucially they affect the household incomes of the least well-off in Scotland.

    In a detailed assessment of what is happening to the UK’s complex personal tax and benefit systems, the IFS identifies significant changes underway which, it argues, are occurring substantially by stealth.

    Source: Waters and Wernham (2022) Reforms, roll-outs and freezes in the tax and benefit system, Institute for Fiscal Studies ( )

    For context the IFS article notes: ’Many tax and benefit thresholds, allowances and amounts (‘parameters’) are by default uprated every year in line with prices or in some cases earnings. But others are frozen in cash terms, sometimes temporarily by explicit policy choices but often indefinitely.

    ‘Compared with uprating, such freezes reduce household incomes and strengthen the public finances – all the more so in the high-inflation environment we currently find ourselves in.

    ”THESE FREEZES – WHICH REPRESENT A STEALTHY AND ARBITRARY WAY TO RAISE TAX REVENUE – OFTEN HAVE A BIGGER IMPACT ON HOUSEHOLD INCOMES THAN MORE EYE-CATCHING DISCRETIONARY MEASURES. Several benefit reforms are also being rolled out over the coming years, which also overall act to reduce household incomes.’ (my emphasis)

    And: ‘The range of frozen parameters is wide, covering many aspects of the tax and benefit system. ….’

    The IFS article expresses concerns: ‘Planned discretionary reforms to taxes are returning money to households, with THE RICHEST GAINING THE MOST. But at the same time, FREEZES TO TAX AND BENEFIT PARAMETERS ARE SIGNIFICANTLY AND STEALTHILY CHANGING THE SCOPE AND SIZE OF TAXES AND BENEFITS OVER TIME.

    ‘As prices increase, they DRAG MORE PEOPLE INTO THE TAX SYSTEM and into higher rates of tax, increasing the tax burden, while ERODING THE VALUE OF BENEFITS and REDUCING THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE ELIGIBLE.

    ‘THE MAGNITUDE OF THESE SUBTLE CHANGES SHOULD NOT BE UNDERSTATED, as they MORE THAN CANCEL OUT the impact of the two high-profile explicit policy reforms – the planned cuts to the rates of National Insurance and income tax.

    ‘FOR EVERY £1 HOUSEHOLDS ON AVERAGE WILL GAIN FROM THESE PLANNED TAX CUTS IN 2025–26, THEY WILL LOSE £2 AS A RESULT OF POLICY ROLL-OUTS AND FREEZES TO TAX AND BENEFIT PARAMETERS. Overall, the progressive effect of freezes and policy roll-outs is more than outweighed by the impact of the discretionary tax changes, making the combined impact of changes to the system broadly regressive.

    The IFS adds: ‘The government should by default index all tax–benefit parameters to a well-chosen index, and it should avoid long freezes, ideally never announcing a freeze that runs for more than one year hence.

    ‘That there appears to be an increasing trend of introducing new parameters to the system that are by default frozen, and a greater tendency to use time-limited (but quite long) freezes to existing parameters, SMACKS OF LAZY POLICYMAKING AND IS CONCERNING.

    ‘The government should kick this habit. If it wants to raise taxes or cut benefits, IT SHOULD TELL US WHAT REAL VALUE IT THINKS THE PARAMETER IN QUESTION SHOULD BE, and NOT LET IT BE UNPREDICTABLY BUFFETED AROUND BY INFLATION.’

    The IFS is focused here on Westminster’s tax and benefit schemes and practices. Whilst there are differences – including mitigations – in Scotland, the Scottish Government and Parliament will not always be able to protect less well-off households in Scotland from this trajectory of regressive tax and benefit policies emanating from Westminster.

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    1. I suspect the so called benefits, pretending to be a welfare system, will be dismantled in its present form and people, the poor and vulnerable, and the disabled, those thrown on the scrapheap by the Tories, will be given vouchers to spend in shops of the private run companies’ choice for food and fuel.
      The young who can’t find work, because the whole economic set up is being wrecked by the British nationalists in WM, will be forced to do national service, and work for no wage. A sort of inverted empire, with colonised cities. I just described a dystopia didn’t I. Maybe it’s just glass half full thinking, hope so.


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