Do you agree with this amendment to increase the higher age limit for persons eligible for continuing care from eighteen to nineteen years of age, from 1 April 2017. This is part of the agreed annual roll out strategy to ensure the initial cohort of young people (born after 1 April 1999) remain eligible until the duty to provide continuing care extends from 16 to 21 years of age.
We received 13 responses including from COSLA, local authorities, the Care Inspectorate, the third sector and individuals. All respondents agreed with provisions in the Draft Order.
A few respondents commented on the early implementation phase of Continuing Care relating to communications, practice understanding of the policy and resourcing. We have offered a response to these concerns in the analysis report which can be accessed here:
No adjustments have been made to the drafting of this Order as a result of the responses but a couple of minor technical legal edits were made as a result of the styling process. This was to clarify that the instrument also revokes the Continuing Care (Scotland) Amendment Order 2016 (S.S.I. 2016/92) which set the higher age limit at eighteen.
The Draft Order was laid in the Scottish Parliament on 27 January for scrutiny and was approved by the Chamber on 2 March. This Order will come into force on 1 April 2017.