Nicola Sturgeon will promise to scrap non-residential social care charges if the SNP win the next Holyrood election.

Speaking today at the SNP conference she is expected to say: “The principle behind free personal care and free health care is the same - if you need help, you should get it.

“However, despite that principle, many people, of all ages, still have to pay for non-residential social care services.

“I know from my own constituency experience that charges can be a barrier to people accessing the support they need.

“And if people can’t get that support in their own homes, they are more likely to end up in hospital.

“So today, I am making this promise - if I am re-elected as First Minister at the next Holyrood elections, then over the next parliament, the SNP will scrap all non-residential social care charges.”

She will also say an independent Scotland could be a “magnet for global investment”, thanks to its unique position between the UK and the EU.

She will say being in both the single market as well as being the “closest neighbour to our friends in the rest of the UK” will give Scotland the “best of both worlds”.