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Scottish legislation on Self Directed Support

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Self-directed support is what is sometimes called ‘personalisation’ in which social care is managed to some degree by the person receiving it. The new Scottish legislation, the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013, comes into force in 2014, and then will be rolled out over the following five years. It offers people five choices:

  • Option 1 –  Direct payment – local authority make payment direct to the individual who then employs a carer.
  • Option 2 –  Person selects the support and local authority arranges it.
  • Option 3 –  Local authority selects support and arrange for its provision.
  • Option 4 –  A mix of the above.

A link to a legal comment: Self Directed Support – The Right Direction.


Written by Malcolm Payne

17 February 2013 at 4:22 pm

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