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Self Directed Support Encouragement in Rural Areas Oral Question, 19/02/15 [S]

Written answer given in response to Michael Russell's (SNP) question asking the Scottish Government how it encourages local authorities under the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 to support third sector and community organisations that provide services 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 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.

The Scottish Government has invested 28.52 million between 20110-12 and 2015-16 in service transformation within local authorities to enable individuals to direct their own support. A requirement of this funding is that local authorities work closely with users, carers, providers and wider communities to plan, agree and implement local strategies to support self-directed support. It is vital that the approach is co-produced. The Scottish Government recognise co-creation of local delivery is a major strategic challenge that will take time to establish.

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