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Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013: Draft Regulations and Statutory Guidance: Consultation Analysis, 08/11/

The Scottish Government has published a summary and analysis of the written responses to the Scottish Government consultation on the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 draft regulations and Statutory Guidance.

Scottish Government held a consultation on the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 draft regulations and Statutory Guidance between 17 April 20 and 10 July 2013. A total of 144 responses were received. The majority of respondents felt that the guidance was easy to understand.

Among the main findings were:

  • There were mixed views on the content of the guidance. Key comments were a need for consistency in the style of writing, a relevant focus throughout, more reference to the broad legislative context and greater reference to support for carers and children's services, including transitions.
  • There were requests for a transparent appeal process and clarity about the complaints and review process; and better linkage between the guidance and the regulations
  • There are concerns over the timescale for implementation of SDS, the resources that will be needed and training to support this; also concerns over the new role and responsibilities of the service user.
  • The employment of close relatives should remain at the discretion of professionals and there should be greater emphasis on the role of professional judgement and discretion throughout the process.
  • There are concerns over how to achieve consistency across all local authority areas in terms of staff training, eligibility criteria, financial allocation and access to services; with requests for a fair and transparent system of resource allocation.


For full details see the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013: Draft Regulations and Statutory Guidance: Consultation Analysis - Research Findings
Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013: Draft Regulations and Statutory Guidance Analysis of Consultation Responses