A UK report recommended free personal care but was not picked up by government in Westminster or Holyrood. The Scottish Parliament's Community Health and Care Committee began an enquiry, which came out very strongly in favour of the recommendations. The strength of the committee system combined with the concensus opinion of MSPs was enough to change the Executive's position. Now, under the Community Care and Health Act, personal care for the elderly is free in Scotland.

First broadcast:
11 December 2003

This clip could be used to illustrate one of the devolved powers of the Scottish Parliament. This could lead to teacher-led discussion on other devolved powers of the Scottish Parliament, and the differences between Scotland and the UK in terms of decision-making.