Scottish Government’s SDS statistics published

Section: Policy into PracticeType: News Item Date Published: 15th August 2018

The Scottish Government has published its latest report on the third year of implementation of Self-directed Support (2016-17).

Published on 14 August 2018, the Scottish Government’s report provides an analysis of information collected in the 2017 Social Care Survey for all SDS options in Scotland. The headline figure is that the implementation rate of SDS is up to 70% of all social care users – suggesting that 70% of all users who had an assessment and were found eligible made a choice under self-directed support. Some of the key findings include:

  • The majority of clients (83%) opted for a Local Authority arranged service (Option 3). However, clients aged under 18 were more likely to opt for a Direct Payment (Option 1).
  • Most SDS clients were aged 65 and over (71%), however this varied across Local Authorities. Six areas had more clients aged under 65 than over.
  • Local Authorities continued to play a key role in providing support to SDS in 2016-17, with 53% of clients receiving some services or support from their Local Authority.

For more information, download the resource below.

The ALLIANCE will produce an opinion piece to give a more detailed understanding of these findings in due course.


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