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Self Directed Support Oral Question, 06/05/15 [S]

During General Question Time on 6 May 2015 Graeme Day (SNP) asked the Scottish Government what guidance it provides to local authorities on the purposes for which self-directed support may be used.

The Minister for Public Health, Maureen Watt replied, that self-directed support involves a rights-based approach that enables eligible individuals, their families and carers to have flexibility, choice and control of their care and support in order to meet their health and social care outcomes. The Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013 is accompanied by statutory guidance, which was launched in April 2014. That guidance supports local authorities to take an approach in which personal needs are assessed as part of a collaborative conversation. If eligibility for support from the local authority is agreed on, a care and support plan will be developed that is based on what the person wants to achieve—their personal outcomes. The person also has choice in and control over how the care and support are delivered.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 6 May 2015 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 6 May 2015