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ALLIANCE calls on Scottish Parliament to evaluate Self-directed Support Act impact

Type: News Item Date Published: 27th July 2017

The ALLIANCE has called on the Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee to consider the implementation of SDS.

The ALLIANCE has called on the Scottish Parliament’s Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee to consider the implementation of self-directed support legislation, four years after it recieved Royal Assent.

Self- directed support (SDS) allows people to choose how their social care support is provided, and gives them as much control as they want of their individual budget.  In 2013, the Scottish Parliament passed the Social Care (Self-Directed Support) (Scotland) Act which placed a duty on local authorities to offer four options in relation to how they wanted to control their support.

The Act is based on the human rights principles of dignity and respect, however, as a recent paper published by the Centre for Welfare Reform contends, “there has been only minimum evidence of these human rights principles impacting on those who receive social care, particularly older people.”  The ALLIANCE’s own research with 100 people who have experience of self-directed support highlighted delays of a year or more in recieving support packages, insufficent levels of support and a lack of information about the various options.

As the Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee considers its future work programme, the ALLIANCE has responded to a call for views highlighting these issues and proposing further consideration of how the Act and its principles have been implemented.

ALLIANCE response – Public Audit and Post-Legislative Scrutiny Committee: call for views on Post-Legislative Scrutiny (PDF)

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