Thursday, February 19, 2015

Frank's Law to be debated at Dundee City Council

Frank and Amanda
Following the recent decision of Angus councillors to unanimously back Amanda Kopel’s campaign for free personal care to dementia suffers aged under 65, the issue will now come before Dundee councillors.

I have received confirmation that my request that the City Council discuss this important issue has been agreed and the matter will be discussed at the Policy & Resources Committee on Monday 9th March 2015.    Amanda will address councillors at the meeting.

Following Angus Council unanimously agreeing to back “Frank’s Law” to recognise the need for free personal care to dementia suffers aged under 65, my friend and colleague, Montrose councillor David May, contacted me to suggest it would be highly appropriate for Dundee City Council to also back the campaign, given Frank’s long association with the city and the importance of this issue.

Having spoken with Amanda, I am pleased to support her tireless campaign for proper recognition of the personal care needs of dementia suffers aged under 65, and I have no doubt the campaign will get wide support across Dundee City Council, just as it did in Angus recently.

I have the upmost respect for Amanda’s work to highlight this hugely important issue.   She has raised the profile of the campaign to improve access to care for people under age 65 who are battling dementia.  Amanda has made her case to the Scottish Parliament petitions committee and to the previous and present Scottish Health Minister.

This is a question of equality, fairness and an end to age discrimination of younger dementia sufferers and I do hope it also receives the unanimous support of Dundee City Councillors.