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Self Directed Support in Rural Areas Written Answer, 19/02/15 [S]

Written answer given in response to Michael Russell's (SNP) question asking the Scottish Government how it monitors the operation of the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 with regard to ongoing support for third sector and community organisations in rural areas where individual demand for services might be low.

The Minister for Sport, Health Improvement and Mental Health, Jamie Hepburn replied, that the The Scottish Government is committed to developing self-directed support as a way of giving individuals and their families, flexibility, choice and control over the support services they receive. The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 gives people a range of options for how their social care is delivered and places firm duties on local authorities to give people informed choice as to how they will receive their support.

In order to aid the successful implementation of self-directed support the Scottish Government have provided significant investment of 6.3 million over four years from 2011-12 to 2014-15 to third and independent sector providers of social care, helping them to build capacity for self-directed support. This includes providers in rural areas. Further funding of 1.1 million for the financial year 2015-16 has been confirmed and we are currently in the process of assessing funding bids from a number of providers.

For the full answer to this and other questions see the Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 19 February 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Written Answer Report 19 February 2015