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Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1 Debate, 26/11/13 [S]

Stage 1 debate on the Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Bill was held on 26 November 2013. The debate was opened by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, Alex Neil.

He said:

"The bill does not sit in isolation but fits within a wider agenda of public service reform that is currently taking place in Scotland. Reforms in other areas, including those in the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 and the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill and our planned changes to community planning, all serve to complement the work of this bill, which in turn will reinforce that wider programme of reform for the benefit of our population. Through the creation of an integrated health and social care budget and a single set of joint outcomes, integration creates a positive policy environment for health boards to play an integral part in self-directed support policy and practice, and it is vital that we take full advantage of this opportunity.

Should local authorities and health boards decide to include children’s health and social care in their integrated arrangement services, the planning requirements of the bill will feed into the development of the plans that will be required under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill, which the Parliament is considering".

At decision time the Bill was passed at Stage 1.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 26 November 2013