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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-02143: Jackie Baillie (Dumbarton)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 24 August 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to increase the number of people being offered choice under self-directed support from the 20% figure recorded in the July 2016 report, Self-directed Support, Scotland, 2014-15.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 12 September 2016

The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 became Scotland’s approach to social care on 1 April 2014. It places firm duties on local authorities to offer a range of options for how social care support is delivered. The Statutory Guidance that accompanies the Act states that all options must be described in full and that all options are equal.

The Self-directed Support, Scotland, 2014-2015 report highlighted data recording issues which the Scottish Government’s analytical services is working with local authorities to improve.

Empowering people to have choice and control of their social care support is a long term cultural and systemic change. Since 2011 the Scottish Government has invested £58.8 million to aid the implementation of self-directed support across Scotland. This has included:

£32 million to local authorities to support system and culture change.

£12.7 million to the Support in the Right Direction Fund to ensure people are supported in setting their personal outcomes and able to make informed decisions (34 organisations received a share of £2.8 million in 2016/17).

£8.6 million to the Innovation Fund to enable third sector social care providers to deliver flexible and creative support and promote culture change through the workforce (21 projects received a share of £1.1m in 2016/17).

£2.8 million to embed self-directed as the approach to social care across the workforce.

£2.7 million on various projects including engagement, evaluation and independent living.

The Scottish Government, COSLA and Social Work Scotland are currently carrying out a survey of local authorities about their implementation. The finding of this will inform a structured improvement programme.